Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2479..
MR QUINLAN (continuing):
$344 million first of all contains $91 million worth of extraordinary items. It therefore cannot in itself be representative of anything, so I think it is quite clear-
Mr Humphries: I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Quinlan claims to have been misrepresented on the question of whether he would resign or not. If he can clarify that aspect, I am happy to hear that. But if he wants to now debate the $344 million, he should do so in a context other than a personal explanation.
MR QUINLAN: Could I just quote the Chief Minister? I am entitled to say a little bit more then yes or no.
Mr Humphries: In answer to a question you can. You are not being asked a question.
MR QUINLAN: I am just trying to put the statement that I made on the record so that you will not persistently mislead this place about what I have said.
Mr Humphries: Yes, but you cannot debate it.
MR QUINLAN: I am just pointing out the fact that this figure, which occurred in a Carnell year, is inflated by $91 million. Therefore, every time it is used it misleads the public and it misleads this place.
Answers to questions on notice
MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I do not want a debate on this if I can avoid it. I simply want to nudge the same minister on question 370, which remains unanswered after a very long period. Thank you.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Smyth, do you want to respond to Mr Wood's question?
MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The answer to question 370 is with the chamber support area. It is on its way.
Questions without notice
MR SMYTH: Further to my answer to Mr Corbell, I have some additional information. The proposed Gungahlin Drive extension has been and remains a significant element of the city's urban infrastructure. The Save the Ridge group has raised some questions in relation to the Gungahlin Drive extension and the detailed analysis of the eastern and western route options. I think it would be helpful to the Assembly if I provide a brief statement on some of those things.
Let me assure members that there has not been any deliberate misleading of the Assembly. I am informed by the department that a human error was made in the measurement of the northern section of the proposed Gungahlin Drive extension. This northern section of the proposed route is common to both routes and is not in contention at all.