Page 1809 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Mr Smyth: Context is often important.

MADAM SPEAKER: Context is everything. The Chief Minister.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, context is everything and the context of the longest serving shadow treasurer in the history of the commonwealth is there for all to see.

MADAM SPEAKER: Come to the point in your remaining five seconds.

MR BARR: We are about growth and choice. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, how has the territory government supported the ACT in past budgets?

MR BARR: Through an aggressive program of investment in infrastructure and in the community services that this community needs; through a desire to support jobs growth; through a desire to ensure that this community’s interests are put first, put ahead of many other competing priorities—competing priorities that those opposite seek to put forward as a higher priority. For example, we will hear a lot, I am sure, in coming weeks about debt and deficit. I am certain of that. The other thing I am certain of—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Remember that you are on a warning, Mr Hanson.

MR BARR: is that the budget I deliver will have a more credible path back to surplus than the one that was delivered two nights ago. In fact, this government will be able to deliver improved community services, the investment in infrastructure that this city needs, supporting jobs, encouraging economic growth, encouraging new investment in our economy, and doing so in a way that brings people with us and ensures that this economy continues to grow. That will be the very clear contrast—a party with vision and an approach for the future, and the narrow, fiscal darwinism that we see from those opposite.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I would like to hear—

Mr Hanson interjecting—


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