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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 459

Senator JOYCE (Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (3:06 PM) —I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

Senator JOYCE —During question time in response to my question to Senator Conroy it was implied by Senator Conroy that he gave the answer yesterday as to costings. I have since gone back to the Hansard and want to read onto the record exactly what he said yesterday:

As I was saying, those opposite have no understanding of how the economy works. They have lost all corporate memory. Increased borrowing to fund the temporary deficit will impose a short-term cost on the budget. On current projections—

So he did not give any costings yesterday.