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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 896..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

for very long, but I have sat in this chamber for five years, most of the time listening to Mr Corbell talk to us about how planning was about people. Suddenly, it is not about people; it is about arid policy. Today, we are asking to government to start the process of looking at the anomalous effects of the planning policy on these people. We have the government saying, "Gosh, we have only been here for five months and we cannot get round to doing anything." Does this mean that people like Ms Murray and Mr Swan have to put their lives on hold until this government gets its act together? That is not acceptable.

We have had Mr Hargreaves saying, "We cannot make a decision about this because we haven't talked about it long enough." Here we have the Labor Party's approach: never mind the quality, feel the length. We have to argue ourselves to death over something that is simple and straightforward, the starting of a process that deals with people openly, justly and with certainty. I commend the motion to the house.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes, 9

Noes, 8

Mr Cornwell

Mr Pratt

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Cross

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Ms Dundas

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Ms Tucker

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Wood

Mr Humphries

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Very fast train-feasibility study

MR HARGREAVES (11.54): Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) expresses its disappointment at the Federal Government's decision to cease funding for a feasibility study into a Very Fast Train between Brisbane and Melbourne; and

(2) calls on the Federal Government to restore funding to the study and as a first step in the study, the Government should review earlier studies on a fast train link between Sydney and Canberra in the context of acknowledging Government responsibility for substantial funding for such infrastructure projects.

I submit this motion in a spirit of bipartisanship. I do not wish simply to express my concern about the failings of the Commonwealth government in this area. Rather, I wish to speak about nation building and the appropriate responsibilities of government. I also


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