Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2337..
Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Standing order 118 (b) requires that the Chief Minister not debate. The question was: why should people tolerate wasteful and unnecessary projects while suffering under the weight of tax increases? There is nothing in this question that would lead the Chief Minister to talk about relative taxation between one jurisdiction and another.
MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter of the question, Chief Minister.
MR STANHOPE: In the context of the point of order and the desire of Mrs Dunne and the opposition that the question be directly answered, the answer is that they should not.
MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Treasurer, by how much will WPI increase taxes imposed on the people of Canberra in the 2007-08 financial year?
MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice.
Canberra—improvements in amenity
MS MacDONALD: My question is to Mr Hargreaves, in his capacity as the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Can the minister inform the house what measures would assist in developing the amenity of the city and suburban areas?
MR HARGREAVES: I thank Ms MacDonald for the question.
Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I seek your direction, and maybe a rereading of the question, but it seemed from the wording that Ms MacDonald was asking a hypothetical question.
MR SPEAKER: I will listen to it again.
MS MacDONALD: What measures would assist in developing the amenity of the city and suburban areas?
Mrs Dunne: I was just checking.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves?
MR HARGREAVES: Thanks, Mr Speaker. I thank Ms MacDonald for the question, and I thank Mrs Dunne for taking up 30 seconds of my answer. The Stanhope government has taken great steps in ensuring that Canberra is a great place to live. Thanks to initiatives put in place by this government, it is easier for Canberrans to live, work and play in this great city.
The 2007-08 budget delivers significant funding to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the growing population of Canberra and improve the look and feel of the city. For example, thanks to our outstanding investment in roads, it is easier to move around the city. The government provided new capital funding of