"I anticipate their will be opportunities to discuss prior to the budget. But, there's nothing to stop the opposition, from simply coming out in public as well, and putting their suggestions for the budget on the public record. That would be another effective way of getting their input into the budget also"
It's an absurd idea really, the prospects of parties negotiating publicly. It's such a silly concept, that Kory actually acknowledged that, answering the followup question:
"There is an economic crisis, don't you have to talk to each other and work something out?"
"There is the potential to have conversations, as I've already stated. But, I would say that going into the details of all those discussions on television, on programs such as yours, is probably not the most productive way of handling those."
So, is the official government postion that it's counter-productive to discuss details of the budget in public, but the opposition should release details for the budget in public as a means of discussion? Alright then.