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Thursday, 24 May 2001
Page: 24305


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (12:10 PM) —Your simple question is: will the budget papers and the portfolio budget statements reflect this payment? Yes! What did you think we were going to do? Sweep it under the carpet? It is pretty obvious. I have all the time in the world. You came in here as we were just completing the committee stage, and you sought leave to go back to it because you had `just a few questions'. You could not promise that it would be only two minutes but that it would just be a few. On that basis, leave was given. If you have questions, we are of course happy to answer them, but we are approaching 60 minutes since then. This will be borne in mind in future when you ask for leave for something with a pass of the hand and, `Oh, only a few minutes; I've got a few questions,' as will be borne in mind your capacity to ask the same question on numerous occasions. You have your answer; I do not know what else you want to know. Ask another question; ask something different though. People have travelled here to see their parliament. They do not want the same question asked again and again. Ask a different question.