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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2199..

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, how will you explain to the people of the ACT that the narrow interests of a few residents and your planning minister are more important than the future of one of Australia's prime sporting locations?

MR QUINLAN: Let the record show the words "the narrow interests of a few residents". Well, those few residents are growing in number in Gungahlin, Mr Pratt, and I don't think they are all that pleased that your political machinations are delaying the road that will allow them to arrive in other places in Canberra. So if I were to explain to the residents of Canberra, Mr Pratt, what particular problems there are, I would be explaining that there seems to be a bloody-minded political agenda on the part of the Liberals to frustrate the construction of this particular road. That is the explanation that I would give.

I would suggest that if we get a little bit of cooperation from the other side of the house, then this project can be completed, and this project can then provide the same access that most of us enjoy in getting around this town. Why you people want to discriminate persistently against the people of Gungahlin just for political points, I do not know.

It being 3.00 pm, questions were interrupted pursuant to the order of the Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2002-2003

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (3.00): I present the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003, together with its explanatory memorandum and the following supplementary budget papers:

Budget 2002-2003-

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 10-

Speech (Budget Paper No 1)

Budget at a Glance (Budget Paper No 2)

Overview (Budget Paper No 3)

Budget Estimates (Budget Paper No 4)

Shaping Canberra's Future

Later this afternoon, I will be presenting the ownership agreements and the purchase agreements relating to all portfolios.

Before I deliver the budget speech, let me say that recent departmental changes may mean that the bill will be amended at a later date when the detail is worked through thoroughly.

Title read by Clerk.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, it is my singular honour to present the 2002-03 budget for the Australian Capital Territory.

This budget incorporates the principles and commitments on which the government stood at the last election.

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