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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3162..


Mr Humphries: Sittings of the Assembly.

MRS CARNELL: Yes, we could have sittings of the Assembly. We could have volleyball, beach volleyball, artistic activities, cultural activities and all sorts of things, in a venue that will be unique to Canberra. From the venue you can see Parliament House; you can see the lake. I think what we have to see in this place is the stopping of the knocking all the time. We have a proposal for $250,000 of minor capital works money, with a real capacity - - -

Ms McRae: You sound very defensive to me. No-one knocked.

MRS CARNELL: I get really enthusiastic and really excited, Mr Speaker, that we have convinced the National Capital Authority to agree with this approach that will be very positive for Canberra.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Wood?

MR WOOD: Yes, I do.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR WOOD: This is in addition to your announced capital works program. Since this city so urgently needs a large increase in the public works program, what other announcements will you make arbitrarily to increase the volume of work in this town?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order.

MRS CARNELL: When I was down at this site this week, Mr Speaker, I counted 15 people working on the site. We will be making all sorts of potential decisions - surprise, surprise! - that will create jobs in this city, that will bring tourists to Canberra and that will create business in this city. That simply has to be the bottom line.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, I seek to make an explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MS McRAE: As I interjected, I said no such thing. What I did interject was that perhaps they could use the Hawker oval. There are other ovals with enclosed seating. May I put on record that I have never knocked the project. My public comment did not knock the project. I have never said a thing against it. If Mrs Carnell would like some further support from this house, she may choose to invite people to such events.

MR SPEAKER: Order!


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