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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2836..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

document from his department that only had attachment B and attachment D to it. That is really interesting. I am surprised that TAMS would supply only half the attachments and I wonder if the Chief Minister would love to come down here and give us attachments A and C.

It would be really quite interesting to go back and compare—and I will look at the Hansard when it comes out tomorrow—exactly what the Chief Minister said against what is in these tables, because I suspect, as always with this Chief Minister, that it is more about spin than substance. We have only got half of the attachments, or at most half. We know we have got B and D; I do not know if there is an E, F, G, H, I, J, K or whatever, but A and C are missing, and it would be nice if the Chief Minister would come down and table attachments A and C, to give us the full picture of tree plantings in the ACT.

We know $11,238,000 worth of trees are not going to be planted in the next three years as a result of this budget. Jon Stanhope will become known as the great tree killer, rather than the tree lover that he professes to be. But it is interesting that he has gone to such lengths to hide the other two attachments.

The Assembly did pass a resolution calling for the documents he was quoting from to be tabled. I cannot believe that the professional officers that work in the Department of Territory and Municipal Services would send the Chief Minister down with only two attachments out of four. We all know what the Chief Minister is like when he gets going. We all know about the spin. But, if we are going to have an informed argument about the future of street trees in this city and an informed argument about the cut of $11,238,000, which the Assembly will support because the Greens have said they will be supporting the budget—they are supporting the withdrawal of almost $12 million—

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Knights

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.00): I rise tonight to pay tribute to one of Canberra's sporting teams—one of Canberra's sporting teams that do not always get all the recognition they deserve and all the media attention that they deserve but, nonetheless, a fantastic team.

The Canberra Knights play in the Australian Ice Hockey League and do a great job. Ice hockey is a growing sport in the ACT, and indeed across Australia, and one that is very entertaining and exciting to watch and one that I very much enjoyed watching on 5 June when I saw the Knights play the Penrith Bears. It is a sport I am not overly familiar with but one that I hope to become more familiar with as I get to more of the games and get more involved in the ACT ice hockey community.


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