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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 4609..


the opposition to date have not taken part in. But these comments are from a passionate Canberran with passionate views about where this city should be, and I think it is entirely appropriate that these comments are made.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Acting Chief Minister, will you ask Mr Barr to apologise for his thoughtlessness and his insulting remarks?

MS GALLAGHER: The scaremongering on the other side continues. I will—

Mr Smyth: How's it scaremongering?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, you have asked your question.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, you are the classic in this place that can take a line, take it out of context and then try to wrap a scandal around it. You have got a reputation for it, Mr Smyth. As I have said, we on this side of the chamber are extremely excited about the potential in this city to grow and develop over the next few years into our second century and beyond, and I think the words of a passionate Canberran should be seen in that context.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Minister, given that you agree with the minister's comments, as stated in your answer, do you believe that Canberra is still a regional subsidy program? If it is not, when do you think it stopped being one?

MS GALLAGHER: I think Canberra stands on its own two feet but that does not take away from the fact that we are heavily reliant on the federal government. We on this side believe—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja! Mr Coe!

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We are heavily reliant on the federal government. That has always been the case. It will not change dramatically in the future. But there is a lot more to be done in this town and this government is ready to do that work.

Environment—climate change

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. Can the minister please advise the Assembly on the Labor government's progress in implementing its election commitments to meet the challenge of climate change and sustainability?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. I am proud to say that the Labor government has made significant progress in the last two years in implementing


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