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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3847..


Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. The actual question is: did you, or your office, ask InTACT for copies of the Chief Minister's phone records? It is a very simple question and the minister should answer it.

MR SPEAKER: It is up to the minister. The question has been asked and the minister has responded.

MR PRATT: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Minister, did you, or your office, ask InTACT for copies of the Chief Minister's phone records for 17 and 18 January 2003? Yes, I expect you to answer the question.

MR QUINLAN: I was just about to do so. Let me say that I do not give a toss what you expect, Mr Pratt. I do not have a recollection of asking InTACT for Mr Stanhope's phone records, or mine, or yours, for that matter-or anybody's.

MR PRATT: Will you take it on notice?

MR QUINLAN: If there is a point to it, I will.

MR PRATT: There is a point to it.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MS TUCKER: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Wood. In the landscaping section of the August Gungahlin Drive extension newsletter is the following claim:

Some 55 species of locally occurring trees, shrubs, native grasses and ground overs will be planted. These will be propagated from seed collected from the road corridor prior to its construction.

For the information of the Assembly, can the minister confirm whether viable quantities of seeds from those 55 locally occurring trees, shrubs and native grasses were collected before construction?

MR WOOD: The member is asking whether seed was collected before construction?

Ms Tucker: That is what you have claimed here.

MR WOOD: If that is what is claimed in the newsletter I would have every confidence in what has been said.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question, which the minister will probably have to take on notice. Can the minister table, by close of business tomorrow or next week, details of when the contracts were let for the collection of the seed, what seed was collected, from where the seed was collected and how much was collected?

MR WOOD: I will examine the question and determine in what manner I should respond to it. There is considerable interest in the regeneration of roadside verges along


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