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levy.” So they will reach in and get the money or they will have a levy. One way or another, they want to get the money.
We draw the line. We will not be supporting this legislation, for a number of reasons. They simply have not got it right. They have not done the work to get the balance right. We acknowledge that this area needs reforming. But, as has happened in so many areas in the last few years, this government has not got it right and community concern continues.
It is a concern when we have had so much time to get this right. We have a majority government. They do not have to negotiate the fine detail with the crossbench and others, and they still get it wrong! They do not listen to the community and, in the end, they are chopping and changing and they are not sure which way they are going to go. That has been clear from the outset of this debate. That is why there is still concern in the community, and the broader concern, broader than the legislation itself, about what this government will do if it is re-elected.
If it is re-elected it will find a way of slugging the unit owners. Mark my words: if this mob gets back in office, they will do it. Mr Barr will get up and protest and say, “No, no, no. We have pulled back from that. We have no plans to do that.” We have heard that before, haven’t we, Mr Stefaniak? We have heard them promise not to do certain things before an election. We heard them promise not to close any schools prior to the 2004 election.
Mr Barr: You cannot even go for 10 minutes on the actual subject of the debate.
MR SESELJA: Mr Barr is very sensitive on this issue, Mr Speaker.
Mr Barr: You are so far from your portfolio responsibilities!
MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr!
Mr Barr: You cannot even go 10 minutes.
MR SESELJA: He is very sensitive on this issue, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr.
MR SESELJA: He is very sensitive on the issue of this government, the Labor Party, going to elections and not telling the truth. Of course, he is the man who implemented the broken promise. He got into government, became a minister and started closing schools in defiance of the government’s 2004 election promise.
MR SPEAKER: Relevance.
MR SESELJA: It is relevant, Mr Speaker. This is about what the government had in this bill and what it will put back in the legislation after the election. There is no doubt about it. If they are re-elected, unit owners and renters will be slugged.