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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2527..


Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: I respect Mr Pratt's concern over the bill we are due to discuss later, but he might wish to make that contribution later on, when we get to the bill.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Berry: It is good to see one of my opponents talking about the Crimes Act instead of-

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, Mr Berry! Do not debate the matter, please.

MR PRATT: In fact, I support Mr Berry's comment.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Excuse me, Mr Pratt. Otherwise, we may find a distinguished previous member of this Assembly, Mr Collaery, who was Attorney-General, joining in!

MR PRATT: We would welcome that!

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, please restrict yourself to this particular bill. I would remind you that it is not a cognate debate.

MR PRATT: Mr Deputy Speaker, I will wind up at this juncture and return to the debates on the other two bills, and also Mrs Dunne's bill, at a later time.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Apology

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Minister, yesterday you offered a form of words to the Assembly apologising for having misled us in your answer on 4 June to the effect that the Gungahlin Drive extension could still be completed within the timetable of the former government. On 6 June you told the Assembly that consideration was being given to a bus lane in the GDE corridor. Documents that I have subsequently obtained have shown that the government had clearly decided that there would be no bus lane in the first instance.

Given that you were prepared to apologise yesterday to the Assembly in relation to the timing and costing of the GDE, is there anything you would like to say to the Assembly about the provision of bus lanes?

MR CORBELL: Yes. In fact, bus lanes are part of the GDE project.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. If the bus lanes are part of the GDE project, could the minister describe where they are going-in stage one?


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