Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 10 April 2008) . . Page.. 1295 ..
Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker: the question is about the business case and the budget, and whether or not the minister will table the budget.
MR SPEAKER: He mentioned—
Mrs Dunne: An exposition of what is going to happen on a day-by-day basis is neither a business case nor a budget.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Barr.
MR BARR: I will draw the attention of members to the event agreement that was part of Mr Smyth’s FOI request, documents 89 and 90, which he would have in his pack that was made available. That agreement was made on 18 February 2008. I am happy to table the following document:
Balloon event agreement.
But I further indicate once again that the opposition needs to come clean here on what its position is in supporting this balloon event. All we have is negativity and opposition. We are going to have an outstanding balloon event that delivers value for money to taxpayers. Fundamentally, that is the choice that we faced. It was either accept an inferior event, a four-day event—
Mrs Burke: Never mind the process! Don’t worry about the accountability!
MR SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Burke!
MR BARR: Accept an inferior event in spite of the fact that we have increased the budget—the government’s contribution—by 40 per cent or pursue a different course of action, which is what we did. And we will have an outstanding event.
To continue as I was going to before I was interrupted by Mrs Dunne, I can say that on Sunday the 20th the theme will be jazz. There will be a live jazz band.
Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.
MR BARR: On the 21st and 22nd it is all about kids, and Questacon will be holding—
Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Again I make the point—
MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clock.
Mrs Dunne: I make the point that the question was specifically about the business case and the budget. As I said before, and I think you ruled on this, an exposition of what is happening on a day-by-day basis refers to neither a business case nor the budget.
MR SPEAKER: I do not recall ruling on that specific point.