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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3406..


MR SPEAKER: Just before I put the question, Ms Tucker would like to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MS TUCKER: Mr Hird might have misrepresented my position on community response to the road going on the eastern route. It is correct that I said at a public meeting that it could be physically stopped. For Mr Hird's information, if he is not aware, there is a long history in this country of peaceful protest to stop particularly offensive developments. There was quite an important one in Tasmania that Mr Hird might have heard of. I know he has a very excitable imagination. I remember when we had the debate on the tip and contaminated soil being dumped there, he thought I was going to be irradiated and glow in the night. It is a bit like that one. I put it on the record that I do not support violence. I do support peaceful protests, and I do support blockade.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition): I seek to make an explanation under standing order 46, too.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR STANHOPE: A statement I made in my presentation in relation to the road and its alignment adjacent to Kaleen has been grievously misrepresented by members of the government in some of their responses. The government misrepresents the truth in relation to the road and its alignment against Kaleen. At the northern end of the road, where it crosses the Barton Highway into the Kaleen horse paddocks, it will come within 150 to 200 metres of Kaleen. Once it passes that position, once it crosses Ellenborough Street, at no point will it road again get within 200 metres of Kaleen, irrespective of whether it is the eastern or the western route that is utilised. At no point after the Gungahlin extension crosses Ellenborough Street will it get anywhere near the 200 metres that it gets before it crosses Ellenborough Street. To suggest, as the government has been suggesting, that the western route brings this road closer to Kaleen is simply not true. At the point where the western alignment crosses Ginninderra Drive-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, you are making a person explanation. You may not debate the issue.

MR STANHOPE: It is a personal explanation. At the point-

MR SPEAKER: I will sit you down if you continue to debate it.

MR STANHOPE: I have made the point that-

MR SPEAKER: I think you have.

MR STANHOPE: I live in Kaleen. I know the route of this road intimately.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell's motion be agreed to.


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