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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 3904..

MR BARR (continuing):

incoming Rudd Labor government are setting in areas of education. But I think we have the opportunity to take it even further here in the ACT and to show, again, to the rest of the country that we are leaders in education, that we are innovative, that we are prepared to makes changes where we need to to improve the quality of our education system and that we will continue, with record levels of investment, as we have seen through this second appropriation, to build on our strengths in education. (Time expired.)

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) ( 5.56), in reply: I did have a number of things that I wished to reiterate, but I think it is important that we finalise the bill today. There is much other work in this last sitting week of the year.

I thank members for their contributions to the debate. I thank members for their support. It is an important bill. It contains a number of very significant initiatives. It continues this government's record levels of expenditure in health and education, climate change and public transport. I am particularly pleased with the bill. I am pleased at the capacity of my government, through its management and stewardship of our economy and the budget of the territory, to be able to deliver today for the benefit of all of the people of the ACT. Again, I thank members for their contributions to this debate and for their support of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Tharwa bridge

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (5.57): I rise to talk about old Tharwa bridge. I am absolutely pleased to see this but, almost in the same vein, deeply disappointed with what clearly is government mismanagement over the issue of the old Tharwa bridge. I am pleased at least to see a press release put out by the government saying they are now going to seriously look at rebuilding the bridge. I am pleased to see that the government will now be able perhaps to hasten the end to the Tharwa community being beleaguered, and I am pleased to see at least that some common sense is prevailing.

It begs the question: how the hell did we get to this point? Minister Hargreaves, for the best part of 18 months, has insisted that the Tharwa bridge was beyond economic

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