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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (29 May) . . Page.. 1106..


MR STANHOPE: I just withdrew it, and I am informing members who might wish to correct the record of an option open to me later today.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, how much water is the department using from the lower Molonglo water quality control plant and at what cost? Will that privilege be extended to people in the territory who need water, for instance, for the maintaining of ovals so that our children can play sport?

MR STANHOPE: I have seen advertised for months now suggestions by Actew that water from lower Molonglo is available free of charge to anybody with a tanker with the capacity to collect it.

Mrs Dunne: What about the cost of transport? How much is it costing? Tell us how much it costs.

MR STANHOPE: We now have a question about the capacity to access free water from lower Molonglo. This was the question: will members of the community or others be able to access free water from lower Molonglo? It has been available for months. It has been advertised fully by Actew for months. I guess that is your question. I do not know which shadow portfolios any of you have any more after the recent unpleasantness; I think Mrs Dunne had some association with the environment at some stage, did she not?

At some stage we need to address some of the issues around the reasons for some of the recent changes in question time, if you would just give me a slightly more inviting question. I can go to the reasons why perhaps Mr Pratt lost police. We assumed it was because of his refusal to advocate for the construction of a gallows at Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come back to the subject matter of Mrs Dunne's question.

MR STANHOPE: In response to Mrs Dunne's supplementary question, I will add to the question I received from the Leader of the Opposition on the arboretum—questions in relation to the specifics around quantum, cost and origin of water used. I thought I had done that in relation to Mr Stefaniak's question.

There are a number of issues. I do not have the detail available to me. I do not have the information about when the plants were ordered, how long they have been sitting in their pots, the amount of water used, and issues around the bore and water from lower Molonglo. I will get all the details about costs, times orders were issued, when the plants will be planted, how much water they consume, where the water is coming from and how much the water might cost, et cetera.

Quite a number of trees have already been planted. It is certainly the government's intention to water them in the future with water from lower Molonglo. I believe that is where all the water is being sourced. I will check every aspect of the water: its origin,


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