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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2033..


Mr Moore: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Standing order 202 (e) talks about "persistently and wilfully" disobeying the authority of the chair. That is what Mr Berry is doing. Whether or not he thinks he is taking a point of order, he is persistently and wilfully disobeying the authority of the chair.

MR SPEAKER: Gentlemen, we are going to have a long day. If you wish to lengthen it further, just keep going. If we are going to start playing around with this question, I might refer Mr Berry to standing order 55.

Mr Berry: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I will not do that. What Mr Humphries is trying to suggest in his attack on Labor's position is that the vote of the Assembly was wrong.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Sit down. There is no point of order. If you do that again, I will name you.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have only one more sentence to deliver, if I may. Of the 76 per cent of parents who were interested in information about their school's performance, 59 per cent indicated that they want to have information on the table to compare schools to see which schools were doing well and to indicate the school's performance in literacy and numeracy; 14 per cent want to gauge how their child is performing in the school compared with other children; and 10 per cent want it because it indicates quality of teaching and the level of education.

Federal Highway

MR QUINLAN: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Smyth. Minister, at the end of March you were asked a question by our venerable colleague Mr Kaine in relation to the northbound section of the Federal Highway about 300 metres south of the ACT-New South Wales border. I have conferred with Mr Kaine and, it should be noted, he has not yet received an answer to the first part of his question concerning the liability for accidents on this section. Minister, you might like to weave that answer into your response to my question. Yesterday, I travelled past this section and observed that construction work was finally in progress for repairing this section of the road. Since work is under way, can the minister tell the chamber who is responsible for the cost of the remedial work to the Federal Highway-the territory or the Commonwealth?

MR SMYTH: As I think I told Mr Kaine when he asked the question originally, it is part of the national road network; it is the federal government's responsibility. My understanding is that they have the liability and that they will be funding the repairs.

MR QUINLAN: I have a supplementary question. Does the minister know why, firstly, it has taken so long for the construction work to commence? How many accidents have occurred in the interim and who is responsible for any liability arising out of those accidents?

MR SMYTH: I am not aware of why it has taken so long for the work to commence. I assume that what has happened is that they have had to do a study to work out what the problem was and then go through the design and planning of that to remedy the failings of the original road. In regard to liability, we all have liability, which is why we have


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