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Metro Agency to start the important work for this project. This is a project that will not only deliver rapid transit to residents along Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road in Gungahlin but it is a major urban renewal project for the territory.
The budget delivers on initiatives the government took to the election last year. We have been able to achieve this by undertaking reasonable savings. The opposition is embarrassed the government can deliver this budget with one of the lowest debt levels in Australia and with a public service that will not shrink in size.
Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask if you could rule on whether the Treasurer is being consistent with the debate. The motion that was moved by—
MR BARR: Can we stop the clock?
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, stop the clock, please.
Mr Hanson: The motion that was moved by Mr Smyth is very clear about the fact that we do not have information to debate the budget; it is not about the merits of the budget itself. At some stage we will debate the budget. Whether the budget debate is adjourned to a later day or whether we debate it today, we will talk about the merits of the budget. But the motion is very specific about this government and this Treasurer’s failure to provide the full picture. That is the subject of the motion and the subject of this vote of no confidence that Mr Barr must address—that is, why has he not provided the necessary information as opposed to the information he is trying to present in terms of the substantive debate on the budget. He needs to address the vote of no confidence.
Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, first of all, this is a no-confidence motion in the Treasurer. The Treasurer is entitled to use whatever arguments he believes are appropriate—
Mr Doszpot: Even lies?
Mr Corbell: to address a no-confidence motion, which is the most serious motion that can be brought.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, sit down for a moment. Mr Smyth, I think I heard you say, “Even lies?”
Mr Smyth: No, I did not, Madam Deputy Speaker You misheard.
Ms Burch: It was Mr Doszpot.
Ms Gallagher: Mr Doszpot did.
Mr Doszpot: I cannot tell a lie; it was me, Madam Chair.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Was it you, Mr Doszpot?