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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2340..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

this opportunity to encourage anyone in the community who has not already discovered how great they are to get out and give them a try as the weather improves and we move into spring.

While it is important that the government does all it can to ensure Canberra is as practically amenable as possible, it is the duty of the government to make sure this city is a place that its citizens can be proud of. This government has invested money and will continue to work to make sure the territory's infrastructure continues to be a source of pride for Canberrans. This is something that I think is different for all Canberrans. Some might like to think of our beautiful tree-lined streets that we will continue to maintain. Some may draw upon their local shopping centre or park. So people talk of how easy this city is to live in. However, most Canberrans, when describing their love for this city, will talk more broadly of the look and feel of the city. That is what this government is committed to maintaining and improving into the future.

The fundamental difference between this government and those opposite is that this government has put in hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars into the look and the feel of the city that we know and love. These people over here continually talk it down to the extent where Mr Pratt has contributed to the eyesore of the week.

Mr Smyth: Point of order. Under standing order 118 (b), the minister knows he cannot debate the subject.

MR SPEAKER: Come back to the subject matter of the question. The Minister has finished his answer.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Study trip—Report by Mrs Dunne MLA—Australasian Study of Parliament Group Conference on "Parliament's Accountability to the People"—Adelaide, 24 and 25 August 2007.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Smyth ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be given to Mr Seselja for today's and tomorrow's sittings.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Have you been misrepresented, Mr Smyth?

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