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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 3365..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

commitment to consultation, when-as I said in my previous answer-Mrs Dunne will bag everything that this government does or seeks to do in relation to ensuring quality public education for the students of west Belconnen.

Mrs Dunne does not want us to succeed. Mrs Dunne does not want this government to succeed in improving educational outcomes for children in the public system in Belconnen. Why does she not want us to succeed? Because it is the electorate that she represents, the electorate in which, after a couple of goes, she got 570 votes or something at the last election. That is what the people of west Belconnen think of Mrs Dunne.

Mr Pratt: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Standing order 118 is about relevance.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister was just coming back to the subject matter of the question. I could just sense it.

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Mulcahy for his question. I thank him for drawing attention to the extent to which this government has gone to consult on education, particularly with the people of Belconnen. I am pleased that, in some context, he has put the divisive, negative, spoiling tactics of a member for Ginninderra who got about 500 votes but for the donkey vote-that is what she got at the last election, and that is a reflection of what the people of Belconnen think of her-

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order-118A.

MR SPEAKER: I think the Chief Minister has finished.

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Does the Chief Minister expect to change the standards relating to the use of public funds for party political purposes?

MR STANHOPE: There is always room for improvement. That is the motto of this government. I expect the next advertisement that we place to be bigger, brighter, better and clearer, and to articulate, even more forcefully, the extent to which this government is determined to consult with the people of Canberra.

Bushfires-rebuilding

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. The residents of Pierces Creek are gutted by the ACT government's inability to simply rebuild the 12 public housing properties at Pierces Creek lost during the 2003 bushfires. Minister, are you using the fact that the houses were destroyed by the 2003 bushfires or the possible threat of future bushfires as excuses not to rebuild?

MR STANHOPE: No.

MRS BURKE: Given that there are absolutely no impediments whatsoever-

MR SPEAKER: Come to the question.


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