Page 1403 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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MR HANSON: Minister, what action are you taking personally to resolve the issues with traffic congestion and parking capacity throughout Weston Creek?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have taken some direct actions in relation to that. We have expanded parking operations in Weston and we are looking at planning opportunities for developing the whole new Molonglo area to ensure that we have services for future residents of that area, which will ease, of course, the pressures on the Weston group centre as well.

Federal government—budget

MR HINDER: My question is for the Chief Minister in his capacity as Treasurer. Can the Chief Minister outline how recent federal Liberal government budgets have affected Canberra? And how has the ACT government responded?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Hinder for the question. It is pertinent on the day of the commonwealth budget to reflect on recent federal Liberal budgets and their impact on the territory.

Let us start with Tony Abbott’s and Joe Hockey’s infamous 2014 budget—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Barr. Mr Barr, I have constantly reminded members, and you in particular, in this place, when referring to members of parliament, to refer to them by their titles—‘the former Prime Minister’, ‘the former Treasurer’, ‘’Mr Abbott’ or ‘Mr Hockey’, but not ‘Tony Abbott’ and not ‘Joe Hockey’. Mr Barr on the question.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker: the former Prime Minister and former Treasurer, both of whom have gone inside a parliamentary term because of their infamous 2014 budget. The federal Liberals have been nothing but bad news for Canberra and for Australia as a whole.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: Here we go. The peanut gallery, the muppets—there they are. There they are, Madam Speaker.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I call the opposition to order. Mr Barr has the floor.

MR BARR: An in-depth analysis by the ABC showed the losers from that 2014 budget being, in no particular order, recipients of foreign aid, families, senior citizens, school kids, anyone who needed a doctor or a hospital, the public service, the unemployed, young people, university students, people with a disability, low income earners, Indigenous people, public broadcasting and the environment. That is some list of targets.

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