Page 5541 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I did not refer to the policies of the Canberra Liberals. Mrs Dunne has done that herself. I merely referred to the negative comments from those opposite, not their policies.

MR SPEAKER: Members, I think we have had questions like this one before. As long as, Minister Barr, you can restrict your comments to matters relating to the impact on the economy, and not run a commentary on the policies of the Liberal Party, we will let you have the floor.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker—

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, thank you, Mr Barr. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Hanson: I ask you to explain to me; I am confused because we have had a question ruled out of order that was specifically about the appointment of the Auditor-General and about a letter that Ms Le Couteur had written. It was very relevant to the minister’s portfolio and it was ruled out of order by you. We then have a minister being asked about comments from the opposition and that is ruled in order. It seems that there is a glaring inconsistency in your rulings and I would ask if you could explain the difference between the two and why it is that one was ruled in order and one was ruled out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order—

MR SPEAKER: I think I have made my position clear. Minister Barr has the floor.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I was saying, it is obvious that in the economic policy debate there will be a variety of views. It is important to note that as part of a robust community debate how those views are interpreted and the impact they have will often be a reflection of the intellectual capacity behind the views and the level of interest that the community might have in the views being put forward by particular public policy proponents. It would appear that no-one is particularly interested in the views of those opposite, so it may well be that their constant carping on economic policy has had no impact on the territory economy. (Time expired.)

Fitters Workshop and Megalo Print Studio

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Arts and is in regard to the Fitters Workshop and the associated Kingston foreshore precinct. On 27 October the Assembly debated establishing an inquiry into the Fitters Workshop. Minister, you then issued a media release which said:

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