Page 627 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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impact of the package on recurrent expenditure relating to new school buildings, you said yesterday: “That detail has not yet been worked through.” Treasurer, when exactly will the detail be worked through and what is the current rate of recurrent expenditure applied to the basic school building asset?

MS GALLAGHER: I have asked for the answer to the second part of your question, so I will provide that to the Assembly when I get it. With respect to the first part of the question, I imagine that detail will be a lot easier to work out when the bill passes.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, will you provide the Assembly with a briefing on the potential impacts of the recurrent expenditure on the outyears for the ACT budget?

MS GALLAGHER: Provide the Assembly with a briefing or yourself with a briefing?

Mr Smyth: Well, I’d love a briefing but the Assembly in general.

MS GALLAGHER: I am a bit wary about providing briefings after the sort of ungracious way that briefings which we had offered before have now been used to damage public servants’ reputations, as you all involved yourselves in yesterday. It certainly makes my naturally cooperative and collaborative approach to politics seem a little too generous, I have to say.

I have already answered Mr Seselja’s question, and I look forward to everyone else’s questions regarding wanting further briefings. We are happy to provide as much information as is useful to the Assembly on the Rudd government’s stimulus package. The bill has not passed. Details have not been finalised. But when they are, I am sure we will be able to assist the Assembly with any further questions they may have.

Economy—stimulus package

MS BURCH: My question is to the Chief Minister. Following the announcement from the Prime Minister about his $42 billion stimulus package, how has the community reacted to this package as it relates to the ACT? How strong has support for the package been from business?

Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your ruling on whether community reaction to a federal government package is within the remit of the Chief Minister or any other minister.

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, I make two points: the first is that Mrs Dunne has done this with every question asked by a government member in question time this week so far. It would appear to be a deliberate tactic on her part to try to discount government questions at question time and I draw your attention to that.

On the specific point of order, Mr Speaker, if the Chief Minister of the ACT is not able to answer a question about the reaction he has received from the community

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