Answers to Questions Without Notice


The Hon. K.J. MAHER: Point of order, Mr President. The question was very much: why did the Liberals tell South Australians they had no privatisation agenda before the election? It wasn’t about a personal feud the Treasurer is engaging in with another Advertiser columnist.

The PRESIDENT: Leader of the Opposition, I am not going to uphold your—

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Government benches, can I rule in silence, please? The Leader of the Opposition, I am not going to uphold it. You had a long rope on your matter of a short explanation, which involved these particular issues. The Treasurer is entitled, in attempting to answer your question, to address some of the matters you raised in your explanation. Some free advice from the President: if the brief explanation had been brief, and the question had been specifically on privatisation, then I would have upheld it.


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