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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1837..


MRS CROSS: Minister, will you table that timetable by the close of business today?

MR CORBELL: I have just done that, Mr Speaker. I have told you what the timetable is. The intention is to seek to complete it by the end of 2004. That is the commitment we made and the one we will seek to stand by. However, as the Chief Minister has already outlined, this government has a range of very serious concerns about the approach adopted by those opposite, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the supplementary question specifically asked whether the minister would table his timetable. It was not about any other peripheral issues. It was a very succinct question and the answer is either yes or no. It may be a little bit longer if he wants to tell us when the timetable-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell.

Mr Smyth: The question is will he table the timetable.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell is coming to the point.

MR CORBELL: The real concern, though, is that this government-and, again, it is important for those opposite to understand the context in which the government is making these decisions-is facing a deliberate and orchestrated campaign by the Liberal Party in the ACT, and federally, to prevent the building of the road on the western alignment. They have to own up to it.

Mrs Cross: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: They have to own up to that agenda, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Cross: It was a very simple question. I asked whether the minister has a timetable and, if he has a timetable-I do not want to hear excuses-I want to have a look at the timetable. If you have one, table it by the end of today. Can you do that, Minister?

MR CORBELL: I am very happy to come to Mrs Cross' question. However, it has to be put in context, and they cannot walk away from that context. The context is that they are running a deliberate and orchestrated campaign to prevent this government from implementing the road on the western alignment. If that is the case, the government has to seek to respond to that in appropriate ways.

However, the government has said what its intention is, and it will seek to stand by that intention. The details of all capital works, as members opposite would almost surely know, are part of the capital works budget, and it would not be appropriate for me to disclose the details of capital works projects prior to the release of the budget.

Griffin Centre

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mr Corbell. Mr Corbell, you would be well aware of the interest in the new community facilities proposed to replace the Griffin Centre and of the concerns expressed in this place over the past five years that the proposed development was not informed by any real analysis of what community needs would be


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