Page 2405 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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MS GALLAGHER: Well, Mr Smyth, it is a weekly discussion I have. So if you would like, every Friday at 9.30, every week—

Mr Seselja: A point of order, Mr Speaker. The question was a very specific one, and it was in relation to when she found out. So if the minister is unable to answer the question, she might want to take it on notice.

Mr Hargreaves: She’s answered the question.

Mr Seselja: No, she hasn’t. She has not said when she became aware.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Seselja has the point of order.

Mr Seselja: I ask that she either take it on notice or give us the answer to the question.

MR SPEAKER: I do not think there is a point of order, Mr Seselja, in the sense that—

Mr Smyth: Answers must be relevant.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, but Mr Seselja is requesting that she take it on notice, and I do not believe the Speaker can direct that. Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Neither can Mr Seselja. I have answered the question. I choose what I take on notice, thanks very much. The answer is: 9.30 to 10.30 every Friday morning I have discussions with Treasury around cost pressures in budgets. That is the answer, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, did Minister Barr seek support from you as the Treasurer and former minister for education before taking these measures?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure what measures you are talking to; are you talking to the measures that Mr Doszpot outlined?

Mr Smyth: The savings; the efficiency dividend across—

MS GALLAGHER: They were matters that were handled by the department in delivering the efficiency dividend, and proposals for the efficiency dividend to government.

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