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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1525..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

to this and other issues, including health, of course. We see this contrived interest in health and health care delivery and we note—

MR SPEAKER: I think that is straying.

MR STANHOPE: Well, yes—perhaps. I am sure I can make a connection, Mr Speaker. I am more than satisfied with the progress that has been made in relation to the dragway. As I have said, we have established a separate office within the Chief Minister's Department which is staffed by very capable senior officers. They have this as a priority project; it is being pursued with the vigour by which our resources enable it to be pursued.

We have worked to identify a site to determine issues around the obtaining of that site and its suitability. We are continuing to work on issues around noise and the impact of a dragway on the environment—particularly the amenity of those most closely resident to the currently identified site. As we work through each of those issues, we will hopefully be in a position to deliver a dragway to the people of Canberra next year.

Privilege

MR SESELJA: Mr Speaker, my question is to you. For the information of members, what advice did the Clerk give you relating to the matter of privilege raised yesterday by Mrs Dunne?

MR SPEAKER: I have got it. If I just go through the bin here, I can read out his note to me. With a few additions of my own, I am prepared to table it. That should satisfy your question.

Planning

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question is not to you; my question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, can you please tell the Assembly what the government is doing to streamline planning processes in the city?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to inform members that, unlike previous governments, we are actually doing something to streamline planning processes in the city. For the period of time that the Liberal Party was in government, what steps did they take to actually focus on revitalising the city centre and improve the planning processes for investment in the city? They did absolutely nothing. In contrast, the government—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order: what the minister has just said is not true.

MR SPEAKER: Could you hear that above the cacophony?

Mr Smyth: I could. I have very good hearing. What the minister said is not true. He said the previous government did nothing. We had "building our city", "creating our city", the city centre strategy, the Link building project, the refurbishment of City West.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order.


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