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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 8 Hansard (31 August) . . Page.. 2737..


MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, using a green spray on Bruce Stadium is something we do at almost every match, as Mr Osborne would know, just as do other stadiums. Other stadiums and the Bruce Stadium use that approach. My understanding is that the people who are looking after the turf decided to spray some of the ground with the sort of preparation that is regularly used for matches and left some of it in its natural state to show SOCOG what the contrast looked like. They told SOCOG that that was what they were doing. It is normal practice.

MR QUINLAN: I want to follow up by asking whether it was possible that we could have incurred any liability had this particular subterfuge worked?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I made the point that SOCOG were informed of what they had done, so there was no subterfuge.

Traffic Accidents

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Smyth. You will be interested in this, Mr Corbell. I refer the minister to the recent community debate about a 50 kilometres an hour speed limit. Can the minister tell the parliament what percentage of people are injured on residential streets compared with the main arterial roads within the territory?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Hird for his question because it-

Mr Corbell: What do you think about 50k, Harold?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Smyth is answering the question. He is attempting to anyway.

MR SMYTH: All I did was stand up and they are interjecting, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, this will not make the grass grow at Bruce.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, we have moved on from that question.

Mr Berry: Oh no, we haven't.

MR SPEAKER: We have, in fact. Mr Hird has asked another question. Apart from that, I do not want any interjections on grass or 50 kilometre speed limits or whatever. I just want the question answered by the minister, thank you.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Osborne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I want to refer you to standing order 117(e)(ii) which says that questions shall not refer to proceedings in committee not reported in the Assembly. I understand that the Urban Services Committee is currently looking at the 50 kilometres per hour question.

Mr Hargreaves: Well done.


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