Page 2646 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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MR BARR: The point I was making was that that is the position and that is the fundamental choice for the opposition. Will you reverse those tax cuts? Will you be putting stamp duty back up? Will you be reintroducing insurance taxes? Will you be lowering the payroll tax threshold? They are the three questions that are before the opposition. They are the three key issues.

We look forward to some policy substance from those opposite on tax reform, as we are yet to see it. We see it occasionally from their colleagues interstate. Premier Baird gets it. His government is looking at these issues. He is prepared to put forward tax reform ideas. But all those opposite can do is chant a three-word mantra from years ago that has been comprehensively debunked. They have got nothing to say on tax reform, nothing whatsoever—no alternative policy, no vision for a better tax system, no vision for a fairer tax system, no vision for a simpler tax system, no vision for a more effective tax system. They stand condemned for their failure in 15 years in opposition to produce one meaningful policy that would enhance economic productivity in this city in the area of tax reform. They have nothing.

Question put:

That the proposed expenditure be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the next item, I want to make some comments on behaviour in this place. It was particularly unedifying to hear the Chief Minister rounding on Mr Doszpot as the Assistant Speaker. It is the second time today that the Chief Minister has called into question the actions of the chair in this place because he did not like the level of interjection. Interjection did get out of hand in question time, and I took it in hand. Mr Doszpot was doing his job in this place.

I need to remind members that if they have a problem with the way the chair is behaving, there is one recourse for them, and that is to move a substantive motion. To stand or sit—I think you were probably standing at the time, Mr Barr—and round on the presiding official as you did a few minutes ago is unbecoming and I will not tolerate it. The next time it happens I will be marching somebody.

Ms Burch: Madam Speaker, just on that, in question time today, and this is no reflection on your comment just then, the Chief Minister was on his feet under an absolute barrage, and you chose—

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