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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-2009 Week 1 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 206..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

So that you understand: construction has finished; commissioning starts; commissioning is a process that is vital to the successful operation of a corrections facility, most particularly Alexander Maconochie. It is as simple as that. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, what confidence can the ACT community have in the Stanhope-Gallagher government to deliver infrastructure projects on time when you have clearly failed on these projects?

MR STANHOPE: I think it is relevant to any discussion of infrastructure to have regard to the record of successive governments, this government and the previous Liberal government, in relation to the delivery of infrastructure. In this last year we delivered, I think, somewhere in the order of $340 million worth of infrastructure—

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I ask for your ruling on whether reference to the record of the previous Liberal government some seven years ago is directly relevant to my question.

Mr Barr: What confidence can people have in us to deliver compared to the alternative?

Mrs Dunne: No, that was not the question.

MR SPEAKER: I agree, Mrs Dunne. It is not directly relevant to be trawling through vast tracts of history at this point unless there is a direct point you wish to make of comparison.

MR STANHOPE: Well, there is. The question was: what confidence should there be or should the people of Canberra have in this government? That asks for a comparison, a relative. It is a question about relativities: what level of confidence in this government? It is a far higher level of confidence in this government than in the previous government. What are the relativities here? What is the comparison? Should the people of Canberra have confidence in this government? Yes, they certainly should, particularly compared with the previous government, the previous Liberal government. I think that is relevant and I think that is appropriate. The question begs that sort of comparison.

In this last year this government has delivered somewhere in the order of $340 million of capital works—on the ground, delivered, done, sealed, dusted. The Liberal Party in its last term of government did not deliver—

Mr Seselja: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR STANHOPE: in the entire term did not deliver—$340 million worth of capital works.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister!


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