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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 474..


MR STANHOPE: I ask a supplementary question. The agreement that was made between Kate Carnell, Ian Wearing, John Walker, Gary Humphries, Stephen Forshaw, Barry Morris and Tom Kean on 22 May states:

In order for the project to proceed, it was agreed at this meeting that:

1. the ACT government would impose parking restrictions ...

Coincidentally, it was made in the same week or fortnight that the then minister for planning, Mr Humphries, initiated an agreement with a developer in relation to Hall/Kinlyside. Members of the Assembly will recall that, in relation to the debate around the Hall/Kinlyside development, the now Chief Minister, Mr Humphries, apologised to the Assembly for misleading the Assembly about the circumstances of that arrangement. Mr Humphries said, as members will recall, that the developers brought three leases in and put them on the Chief Minister's desk. He later withdrew that and apologised for misleading the Assembly and the people of Canberra. Will the Chief Minister now apologise to the people of Canberra-

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order. You know perfectly well that there can be no preamble to a supplementary question. Secondly, Hall/Kinlyside has nothing to do with the original question.

Parking for the disabled

MR OSBORNE: I am little bit disturbed, because a couple of my children are here and they have just heard that when you agree to something you do not agree. I am a bit worried about how to handle them when I get home. My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. It is about disabled parking. Minister, I have been informed by a constituent that there are now fees for some disabled parking spaces in Canberra which until now have always been free. The two examples given to me were Canberra airport and Bruce Stadium. The disabled parking spaces at the airport now cost the same as regular car parks, while at Bruce Stadium they are $5. Minister, are you aware of these charges, and do they have government support?

MR SMYTH: I was not aware of the charges for the disabled parking. I will have to take the question on notice and find out the rationale for that.

Economy

MR QUINLAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Speaking of the truth, the feature of the last six years in the ACT has been the in-your-face self-congratulations by your predecessor and latterly yourself as to the performance of the ACT economy and your participation in it. I give you as examples "New incentives for jobs" out today and "Government cuts tax rates", word for word taken from last year's budget and milked to the nth degree last year but put forward with the intention that it might be picked up as something new. I ask the Chief Minister and Treasurer whether it comes as something of a surprise to him that the latest Commonwealth Grants Commission update includes the following words:

Since 1994-95, the ACT economy has grown at a slower rate than the rest of Australia, on average, and its relative revenue capacity has declined.


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