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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3182..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

It was also stated that the people on this side of the chamber, the parliamentary Liberal Party in the ACT, have done nothing for the people of Gungahlin. I think we need to put on the record just what has been done for the people of Gungahlin. After all, it was under the auspices of the former Carnell/Humphries government that Gungahlin got under way. We established the Gungahlin Development Authority. We built the Gungahlin town centre. We moved the Gungahlin town centre to create the 1996 international reserve of the year and part of the Canberra Nature Park. We built the town centre.

We built Horse Park Drive. We brought forward the building of an extension of Flemington Road. We built the community centre, the library-the list goes on-and we made a strong commitment to the people of Gungahlin to build Gungahlin Drive, four lanes, by 2004.

We have done everything that we can to keep that commitment. We did the planning. If the new government had stuck to the previous commitment, they could have begun to build that road by 1 July this year-by 1 July 2002. But what we have had from the other side is a fair amount of obfuscation under the guise of an election commitment.

But we did not break our word to the people of Gungahlin, unlike those people opposite who eventually promised to build not a four-lane road but a two-lane road, not by 2004 but by 2005. The jury is out on whether they will ever be able to achieve that because to do that they would have had to start the draft variation by May this year, and here we are in September and we don't see it. The people opposite are the only people in this place who have let down the people of Gungahlin by promising to build half a road at least a year late.

Canberra Vikings

MS MacDONALD (4.07): Mr Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Canberra Vikings on their sterling victory on the weekend against Easts in Brisbane. Of course, everybody in this place would know of my recent campaign to try to get a Wallabies World Cup game played in Canberra next year. Unfortunately, that wasn't successful, and a great shame it is, too. A number of the Canberra Vikings play for the Brumbies and, of course, we know a number of Brumbies are in the Wallabies. So they would feel right at home if such a game were played here.

It is great to see that the Vikings have managed to defend their title this year at that level. Unfortunately, the Vikings didn't win their match against Royals in the local competition but they had a sterling game anyway.

Canberra Vikings

Wests Rugby Union Club

Belconnen Magpies

MR STEFANIAK (4.08): Ms MacDonald has stolen part of my thunder but I will reiterate what she said. I also extend my congratulations to Laurie Fisher and his team for their magnificent effort. I won't go over the ground covered by Ms MacDonald, but well done. I congratulate them.


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