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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4052..


MR SPEAKER: Come back to the subject matter of the question.

MR PRATT: The need for an inquiry is an extremely important matter. The government should be looking at priorities. The Tharwa community and the residents of the ACT are deeply concerned about the way a major project matter has been mismanaged. It is an urgent issue. It deserves to be brought on today in this place. It deserves to be debated now. The arguments put forward by Mr Corbell simply do not hold up in terms of the seriousness of the matter and the priority that the government gives it.

This is a deeply serious matter. It needs to be inquired into. The inquiry needs to be debated here. Let the Hansard note that Mr Corbell makes light of this issue. He laughs at this matter. He does not think that the Tharwa bridge matter is a serious issue. He does not think that the Tharwa river crossing matter is a serious issue. Let Hansard note that Mr Corbell is mocking the seriousness of this matter.

Question put:

That Mr Pratt's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Seselja

Dr Foskey

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Assembly sittings 2008

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.30): I move:

That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2008:

February 12 13 14

March 4 5 6


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