Page 2075 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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and try to instil a better understanding from the community of the challenges that are facing government and encourage that dialogue. I will be making further announcements about that over the coming week.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, is not your promise that there will be no school closures during your time in politics equally as dishonest as the Prime Minister’s claim that there would be no carbon tax under a government I lead?

MS GALLAGHER: The Tony Abbott influence is coming into our question time; very welcome, Mr Speaker. I think you will also find that in the comments you seek to twist and turn and shape for your own use, you will not find anywhere a promise from me not to close a school during my time in politics. You won’t find one. It was never given and this government makes decisions around the best plans forward for the public education system based on the most recent information available to us. We will not step back from having to take difficult decisions if they are needed to be taken in order to ensure that our children have access to the best facilities and the best teachers that we can possibly provide.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Chief Minister, is the fact that as a candidate at the last election you received the greatest number of votes of any member of this place, a testimony of the community’s understanding of your honesty?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not think that is technically correct. I think I was pipped at the post by Mr Seselja.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, will you apologise to the people of Canberra for stating one thing before an election and doing exactly the opposite once the people were fooled into voting for you?

MS GALLAGHER: Firstly, I did not make the comments that Mrs Dunne is alleging I made, and I do not take a step back from the decisions that this government has

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