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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1304..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

However, the points that Mr Stanhope made are valid. What we will do will be far more structured, and far more considered, than the adhocery that was the hallmark of the Carnell and, latterly, the Humphries governments.

MR SMYTH: I am not sure that he answered the question, so I will rephrase it for him. Do you consider that the government's business programs are in limbo until the white paper is produced?

MR SPEAKER: The question has been answered and you did not seek to ask a supplementary question.

Mr Smyth: But it has not been answered at all.

MR SPEAKER: Well, that is your view. Mr Quinlan seems keen to give you another burst, so I am happy to put up with it. Go for it, Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN: Whatever words were used in the Canberra Times, I am reasonably certain what Mr Stanhope was alluding to in his statement: what we have said before is that we will eliminate the adhocery that was associated with the Liberal government's approach to business.

Mr Humphries: That is not the question that was asked. What about existing programs? What happens in the meantime is the question.

MR QUINLAN: In the meantime, there will not be the same adhocery that we have seen from the Liberal government. I spoke about it yesterday, I think. We will eliminate the "just do it and, if that falls over, just try again" approach. There will be a further structure to it. I discussed that yesterday. As I said, our door is not closed to businesses that seek government assistance, and in fact I have spoken to some already. There are funds available for business incentives, but they will not be used in the indiscriminate manner in which the past Liberal government used them.

Let's face it: such spectacular failures, which were your hallmark, were part of the reason that you were discredited and failed at the poll last year.

Roads-speed zones

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, are you aware of the recent opposition policy announcement-made in a recent media statement by the opposition spokesperson for urban services, Mrs Cross-that "the Liberal opposition will give 100 per cent support to permanent 50-kilometre per hour residential speeds"? Is the government prepared to give the same commitment?

MR WOOD: My comment would be: give us time. A process is under way; let's work through that process.


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