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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5156..


Gungahlin Drive extension—bridge collapse

MR COE: My question is to the Acting Minister for Transport and relates to the collapse of the bridge over the Barton Highway on 14 August. Minister, regarding the government's response, what reports and advice are outstanding regarding the cause of the collapse and when will reconstruction take place?

MR CORBELL: I will have to apologise to Mr Coe if I do not have all the material immediately to the front of my mind. I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe?

MR COE: Minister, what legal advice has been sought, from whom has it been sought and what is the cost of this advice to taxpayers?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you anticipate that the cause, blame and costs of the collapse will be fought out in the courts?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, that is a hypothetical question asking the minister to anticipate something. It is definitely hypothetical and I suggest that you rule it out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, can you repeat the question?

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you anticipate that the cause, blame and costs of the collapse will be fought out in the courts? There is nothing hypothetical about that.

MR CORBELL: I think it is asking me to express an opinion.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Mr Corbell, you can answer.

MR CORBELL: To answer the question, Mr Speaker, I have no idea.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne has a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what changes to the systems are in place to ensure that such a problem does not occur again on a capital works project?


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