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title is clearly misleading in terms of the policy positions that are being put forward. It would appear that the Liberal Party that is led by Zed Seselja is the most conservative of all of the state and territory branches of the Liberal Party in Australia.
The range of views put forward by Mr Pratt, even on matters of municipal services, show an alarming conservative bent. That is mirrored in so many areas of social policy. I suppose there are a range of questions that the Leader of the Opposition must answer on a range of social policy issues. It would be interesting to see whether the first three or four pieces of legislation that a Seselja government would bring into this place would include the recriminalisation of abortion, winding back all the important social policy reforms that this government has put in place—
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Barr, you are talking to the line item in relation to your responsibilities in urban services. I would suggest that you keep to the subject matter.
MR BARR: I am simply responding—
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: No, you can do that in the adjournment debate, if you like. The line item is about the appropriation for municipal services and your responsibilities there, so stick to the subject.
MR BARR: I was observing, Madam Assistant Speaker, that some of the policy decisions put by—
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: If you do not comply with my ruling, I will sit you down. Stick to the subject matter or sit down.
MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. As I was indicating, some of the positions put forward by Mr Pratt—
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Barr, sit down.
MR BARR: On this line item, Madam Assistant Speaker, in relation to Territory and Municipal Services, most particularly the policy positions he put forward in his contributions, Mr Pratt showed an alarming conservative bent that the people of Canberra need to be concerned about.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: In calling you, Mr Seselja, I point out that we are talking about the appropriation for municipal services.
MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.15): Yes, I will try and stick to that subject matter, Madam Assistant Speaker. I would like to come back to the issue of roads that I was touching on before. I think that is in Territory and Municipal Services.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes, it is, Mr Seselja.
MR SESELJA: Access to the airport is the other real area of bottleneck on our roads and is another failure by this government. We are now seeing a belated move by this