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Thursday, 12 March 2009
Page: 2554


Mr BUTLER (4:29 PM) —It is a pleasure to have the last 40 seconds or so in this debate. We welcome a debate on economic management on this side of the House because, frankly, the record of those opposite was one of living high on the hog in the good times with no investment for the future. It was the good fortune of the longest-serving but laziest Treasurer in the Federation’s history to preside over an economy made strong and competitive by the hard work of the Hawke and Keating government and to have the good luck to be in the right place at the right time, when China and India were—

Debate interrupted.