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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2018..


MR WOOD (continuing):

safety issues, accepting that there may be some public and commercial-I emphasise the word "commercial"-inconvenience. For example, discussions with ACTION have confirmed that there will be no impact on normal route services or the dead running times of articulated buses as a consequence of the load limits. However, in two or three cases, it may be that fully articulated buses have to detour. Those details are being worked through. In a short period of time, appropriate signs and details will be released.

All the proposed load limits have the potential to affect heavy vehicle movements, depending on the size of the vehicle. Affected users are already being consulted, and information will be provided in the media about the extent of any detours which concern them.

The nine bridges not identified for upgrade in the next 12 months will be subject to funding requests from the capital works program over the next few years, with the bridge on the Tuggeranong Parkway considered to be the highest priority for attention.

Labor Club

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister, Mr Stanhope. Chief Minister, you will be aware of certain matters raised in the Senate estimates committee, and referred to in subsequent media reports, concerning Commonwealth land sales and redevelopment of the site occupied by the Labor Club in Civic. Is it a fact that the Labor Club is a substantial donor to the Labor Party?

Is it a matter of concern to you, as head of the government, that your Planning Minister, Mr Corbell, claimed, according to a report in the Canberra Times of 8 May, that he had caused the sale of another parcel of land in Civic to be tied up?

Chief Minister, does Mr Corbell have your confidence in a situation that appears, prima facie, to be riddled with conflict of interest-not to mention market rigging-on behalf of the Labor Club?

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is a very clear imputation there. If you want to move a motion along those lines, it is open to you to do that, but I am not going to allow that question. Resume your seat.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, you have made a ruling. May I put a submission to you about that ruling? The question asked does not allege that there has been a breach of a conflict of interest. The question asks whether there appears to be a conflict of interest in a situation where a person administers-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Humphries, I have ruled that the imputation is that there is a conflict of interest, and I am not going to allow the question. I have ordered the member to sit down. That is the end of the matter. Resume your seat.

Mr Humphries: You are not interested in hearing an argument about it?

MR SPEAKER: I have heard you. I know what you are saying-you have just told me.

Mr Humphries: You know what I am going to say? All right, that is fine.


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