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Thursday, 17 February 2000
Page: 13815


Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (5:25 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr SLIPPER —Yes.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr SLIPPER —In question time today the Leader of the Opposition referred to a statement in the appropriation debate this week, in which I referred to specific purpose payments. My intention, which is entirely clear from the context of my remarks, was to refer to general purpose payments, as I was making the obvious point that the states will be receiving all the revenue from the GST in return for certain other general payments the states currently receive. There is no intention to cut aggregate specific purpose payments to the states, and this is perfectly clear from clause 5(v) of the Intergovernmental Agreement signed by all Labor state premiers, as the opposition well knows.