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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . . Page.. 56..


Mr Smyth: No, they're little bits, little breadcrumbs. You throw them out.

MS GALLAGHER: No, they are not little breadcrumbs at all. It is millions and millions and millions of dollars, including every budget overrun that has been funded. Every budget that has been sought from the public hospital has been funded. Capital upgrades have been funded.

Mr Smyth: The same for Canberra Hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: Of course it is the same as Canberra Hospital, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: Oh, so it's the same?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes.

Mr Smyth: You're funding public operations.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: The allegation—I am sorry; I know it is not parliamentary for me to respond to—

Mr Smyth: You're funding public operations.

MR SPEAKER: Your time is up, Ms Gallagher. It is only going to save you from unparliamentary behaviour.

MS GALLAGHER: I am sure I will get the chance to come back.

Environment—Green Square, Kingston

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns his decision not to water the lawns of Green Square. I see that in December last year the government contracted a firm to undertake changes to Green Square. Minister, what changes did you make to the plans as a result of the community consultation, and had you already made up your mind on the lawns of Green Square?

MR STANHOPE: Of course, I was not personally involved in any changes that were made to any plans. Those are issues that are handled quite specifically by the department—in this case, by landscape architects employed by the department. Ms Le Couteur, I am more than happy to take advice on what changes may have been made to the landscape plans through the various emanations of the very detailed consultation that was part and parcel of the proposed upgrade of Green Square.

There has been extended, extensive consultation over a period of 18 months now. Certainly, the consultation has been at times fraught. There was not unanimity with respect to the different groups, or groups that might be identified. The interested parties can be divided between those retailers who are shop owners in Green Square


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