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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3165..


MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I think I have answered the question.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, members will recall that in July you wrote to the residents of Gungahlin asking for their support in the government's bid to deliver on its promise to build the Gungahlin Drive extension along the western alignment, against the spoiling tactics of the Canberra Liberals and their mates in the Howard government.

Can you tell the Assembly, Chief Minister, what reaction you have had to this letter?

MR STANHOPE: Certainly. Thank you very much. It is a timely question and, of course, nothing has changed. We see still, even in the previous question, the Liberal Party's determination to serve its masters on the hill, to use whatever spoiling tactics it can to circumvent the will of the electorate.

Mrs Dunne: No, to serve the people of Kaleen and Bruce and the people of Aranda and Belconnen.

MR STANHOPE: The Labor Party went to the last election with a very clear position, policy and mandate.

MR SPEAKER: Be quiet and let the minister answer the question.

MR STANHOPE: The Labor Party had a very clear mandate, a very clear position, and the people of Canberra responded and responded appropriately. They responded by kicking you to death. They responded by ensuring a 16 per cent swing to this government on the basis of your appalling record in government, your appalling record in the environment, and your complete lack of interest in the needs of the people of Canberra.

It is interesting. I am more than happy to speak specifically about what the people of Gungahlin think. From the residents of Gungahlin I have now had 1,584 letters.

Mrs Dunne: I want to see them all.

MR STANHOPE: 1,584, which Mrs Dunne just dismisses as nothing, as far as I know. Of course, Mrs Dunne just makes the classic Freudian slip with her comment in this place-"only a few as far as I have been able to see". We have to ask the question we will always ask: exactly which mail are you reading when you come to that conclusion? Only your own mail this time, is it?

However, I had more than just the few letters that you have read this time, Mrs Dunne, or that your Liberal Party colleagues have read.

Mrs Dunne: Table them.


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