Page 520 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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Just in the very limited time available—I will not have the opportunity to go into any detail on any of these—I will now attempt for the information of members of the Assembly and members of the community and this place to touch on as many of the 192 completed or commenced election commitments or promises as I can. If you will bear with me, I will now put information to members that goes to those 192 election commitments of the 298 that we made. Indeed, other speakers, I am sure—

Mr Seselja: Do you not have time to do all the broken promises?

MR STANHOPE: Well, there are still two budgets to go. To suggest that there are broken promises, there are two budgets left in this particular cycle.

Mr Seselja: You’re going to do a 50-metre pool for Gungahlin, are you?

MR STANHOPE: Well, we are consulting about it.

Mr Seselja: You’re running away from it.

MR STANHOPE: No, we are not—not at all. We are being consultative. We are not running away from anything. Indeed, in the context of this budget, my colleagues, I am sure—if they get the opportunity—will go to the contrary promises, the promises that the Liberal Party made. I am sure we all remember the Liberal Party’s position on a swimming pool for Gungahlin, for instance. I remember it particularly well—a non-promise, a refusal to commit on the issue at all. If you want a debate on what you said about a swimming pool for Gungahlin at the last election campaign we are more than happy to have that conversation.

Let me go to some of the promises. Indeed, the Treasurer will be speaking to this debate and I think she will be paying particular attention to the Liberal Party’s promises in the last election campaign.

Mr Seselja: She’s the biggest liar.

MR STANHOPE: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, that is completely out of order. You should have pulled the Leader of the Opposition up. You must demand that he withdraw that accusation that Katy Gallagher is a liar. That is just disgraceful. It is absolutely disgraceful.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, would you like to withdraw?

Mr Seselja: I am sorry, Madam Assistant Speaker. This is in relation to Ms Gallagher’s promise not to close schools before the 2004 election.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, you have to withdraw the word “liar”.

Mr Seselja: Okay. I am sure we can come up with an alternative form of words. I withdraw.

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