Page 2335 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 June 2013

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Mr Coe: What a stinging criticism, that one was.

MR HANSON: I must admit, Madam Deputy Speaker, as I reach this point it is—

Mr Corbell: There can be more than one market.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, I know it is late, but we are really not having a conversation across the chamber. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. It has been quite interesting today—a bit illuminating, I think—that we see this government bite. The government and the opposition disagree on many things, and that is the conclusion that has come from this debate and the others that we have had. We disagree on things like rates reform. We think it will triple; they know it will triple, but they just will not tell us. We think the carbon reduction scheme of this government at eight times the national target is too much. They disagree with that. We think that people’s cost of living is a real issue and is something that should be addressed and should be a focus of this government. That mob opposite do not.

However, what it would appear we agree on—and there is no dissent from those opposite—is that there is a race to the left between Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury. This is probably most illuminating. There is no dissent from those opposite. There is encouragement there. The only highlight of this government putting up the costs, the fees and the charges and the only thing that will probably be of any benefit to what this government is doing will be to see who wins that race between Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury to be the most progressive, the most Green minister in the ACT.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (5.48): It is always a pleasure to follow Mr Hanson in a debate. He is nothing if not entertaining at times. I rise tonight to speak particularly in relation to part 2(b) of Mr Hanson’s motion. Part 2(b) of Mr Hanson’s motion calls on the government to provide a more comprehensive cost of living statement in the ACT budget.

I was very pleased to be able to deliver in advance on part 2(b) of Mr Hanson’s motion by indeed delivering a more comprehensive cost of living statement in this year’s budget, and I thought I might take the available time to talk a little about the cost of living statement.

Mr Hanson: You will be supporting my motion, then?

MR BARR: I will not be supporting the first parts of your motion, Mr Hanson, but I think it is worth outlining some of the issues that are contained in it.

Mr Coe: How many 15-year-olds do get married in the ACT?

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