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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2401..


Tuesday, 20 August 2002

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, on 4 June I answered a question from Mrs Cross in relation to the government's position on the timing of the Gungahlin Drive extension project. In my answer, I indicated to Mrs Cross that the government was seeking to complete the project in line with the previous government's timetable for the end of the 2003-04 financial year.

I have since checked the record with regard to the government's decision-making on this matter, and the subsequent decision that the project will not be completed until the end of the 2004-05 financial year. The government considered the timing of the project as part of the budget capital works deliberations. The bulk of the capital works timetable was considered, and substantially agreed, on 27 May this year, although it was not completely formalised until the budget was signed off on 11 June.

Given these circumstances, I believe I have inadvertently and unintentionally misled Mrs Cross and members in my answer on 4 June. I apologise to the Assembly for doing so.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Smyth, from 1,589 residents.

Public liability insurance coverage

That the Assembly call on the ACT Government to urgently initiate legislative and other action which will have the effect of creating an environment in which insurers will be willing to provide public liability insurance coverage, at economically viable premiums, to commercial and non-profit equestrian organisations operating in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.


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