Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 2619..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
managers. How on earth did this happen? It is about time that these properties were subject to on-the-spot checks. It is the only way of stamping out this activity."This is the formal Liberal Party policy on public housing. Henceforth, under a Liberal government, were they ever to actually achieve that particular status ever again, public housing tenants will be subjected to unannounced, unapproved invasions of their homes in order to determine—
Mrs Burke: What planet are you on?
MR STANHOPE: They are your words, Mrs Burke. What planet am I on when I read out your police statement? This is a Liberal Party policy position.
Mrs Burke: You know it is not.
MR STANHOPE: Well, why did you put out the press release then if it is not a Liberal Party policy position? You were Acting Leader of the Opposition when you did it.
Mrs Burke: Read it in context.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, do you really want to go? Do you want me to name you?
Mrs Burke: No.
MR SPEAKER: Well, be quiet.
MR STANHOPE: You were the Acting Leader of the Opposition when you released this policy.
MR SPEAKER: The minister's time has expired. Resume your seat.
Mr Stanhope: We are entitled to accept that this is formal Liberal Party policy.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, resume your seat.
MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. In 2003 Mr Stanhope and then New South Wales Labor candidate Steve Whan did a photo opportunity on Lanyon Drive, making vague promises of an upgrade before the election. Following the election, nothing was done. Last year the commonwealth government allocated $5 million for the ACT section of the project. Since then, nothing has still been done. Recently, there was another photo opportunity with Mr Rudd, Mr Ferguson, Mr Kelly and you, minister, promising funding for the road. When will the ACT government finally start work on upgrading Lanyon Drive, and why have the users of this road had to wait at least five years after the Stanhope-Whan photo opportunity for the ACT government to do something?