Page 487 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, has your department provided you with any advice on this or previous proposals on the impact of a carbon tax on the ACT’s bottom line?

MS GALLAGHER: I would have to go back and check in terms of the previous scheme when it went before the federal parliament. But certainly in terms of the advice, we have not received any advice around impacts on the ACT budget’s bottom line about a scheme that is not detailed to the point that we would be able to do that work.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, is it the usual practice for Labor to mislead the community before elections, given that you misled the community about school closures in 2004 and all your plans on the table for Calvary in 2008?

MS GALLAGHER: I have no idea how that supplementary was a supplementary to the original line of questioning.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS GALLAGHER: I do feel—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MS GALLAGHER: I do feel honoured on International Women’s Day to continue to be the focus of the opposition’s attention—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: when I sit here and reflect on what women have won and achieved over the last 100 years. I feel very privileged that I am a woman standing here, having irrelevant supplementaries attached to a question about a federal government proposal around a price on carbon that can somehow segue into Calvary hospital—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Thank you, members.

MS GALLAGHER: and the future of our school system.

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