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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6439


Mr BALDWIN (4:11 PM) —I seek to intervene to ask a question. That question was allowable under the standing orders under the previous government in the Main Committee. I put this question clearly to the parliamentary secretary: you talk about three per cent real growth, yet you are cutting the budget by $20 billion over 10 years, which is the equivalent of 10 per cent. How are you going to sustain our military?


Ms Hall —Mr Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. This is still another speech. If the member cannot ask the parliamentary secretary a question, he should sit down.


Mr Baldwin —There was a question. You should get the wax out of your ears so you can hear the question. Sit down.


Ms Hall —Mr Deputy Speaker, I think that the member opposite is—


Mr Baldwin —You are chewing up time.


Ms Hall —No, I am not. The member opposite is being totally disrespectful. I ask him to withdraw his comments.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —To assist the chair, would the member for Paterson withdraw the comment?


Mr Baldwin —From her comment she did not hear the question I asked the first time, so how would she have possibly heard the statement I made.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —It would help if you would withdraw.


Mr Baldwin —I withdraw, considering she is chewing up the parliamentary secretary’s time.


Ms Hall —No, he can jump up and speak as many times as he likes.