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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 3969..


MR PRATT (continuing):

(h) Gungahlin Drive Extension;

(i) Griffith Library;

(j) busway;

(k) ACTION timetables;

(l) security at bus interchanges;

(m) rock throwing at buses;

(n) Grassby statue;

(o) insult to Vietnam veterans;

(p) FireLink;

(q) ESA headquarters move to Fairbairn;

(r) housing;

(s) Revolve;

(t) graffiti;

(u) taxis;

(v) NoWaste by 2010; and

(w) Shopfront closures;

(2) lack of consultation, particularly over:

(a) Tharwa Bridge;

(b) Griffith Library; and

(c) Grassby statue;

(3) misleading reports concerning the Tharwa Bridge; and

(4) personal standards of behaviour in regards to:

(a) the Chamber;

(b) language;

(c) Estimates Committee;

(d) other Committees; and

(e) representing the ACT Government.

This minister has failed, as I have just outlined in a litany of errors. But the straw that has broken the camel's back has been his failure on the representations and the management of the Murrumbidgee River crossing at Tharwa.

Let us have a look at the issues regarding this particular bridge and its history. The bridge is 112 years old. It is an Allan truss bridge. It was a New South Wales DMR responsibility. The importance of the bridge is not disputed; it is both a major lifeline to the Tharwa community and a central heritage mark in the region. The heritage value is beyond dispute. The minister has failed to understand those important things. That is why this minister should resign. He has failed to understand the importance of this bridge.


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