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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 1317..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, let us focus on the question, thank you.

MR BARR: Thank you. That is the position he holds if he believes the list of issues that he has raised in his question—this city is not worth living in. If that is his position, if he does not believe in Canberra—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr! One moment, thank you. Yes, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: The standing orders require that the minister answer the question directly and not engage in debate. Mr Barr has been brought to order by you already. He needs to answer the question directly.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, let us focus on the question at hand, thank you.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The question related to a range of indicators and how that reflected upon the city of Canberra. I am making my observation that we live in a fantastic city and we have an outstanding health system that continues to deliver fantastic outcomes for the people of Canberra. Those opposite may not like that. It may not suit their political ends but we know that we live in a fantastic city. If the best members opposite can do is talk our city down, if that is their contribution to the centenary—(Time expired.)

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Canberra Connect—computers

MS GALLAGHER: One matter from question time, Mr Speaker: I am advised that staff of Canberra Connect manually processed all transactions during the time that the computer system was down. There were no customer complaints received during this time. The gentleman who received a temporary licence will get a permanent licence when he returns. He will not have to queue again; the concierge will look after him, and he will not have to pay anything extra.

Rural Fire Service—Tidbinbilla

MR CORBELL: In question time last week Mr Smyth and Mrs Dunne asked me a series of questions around the project to build the new Tidbinbilla Rural Fire Service shed. In reply to their questions, which I took on notice, I can advise that a hard stand area consisting of compacted 150-millimetre DGB 20 gravel which will support heavy vehicles under all weather conditions will be included at the front of the facility. A barbecue will be delivered with the new facility, and air conditioning is not proposed to be installed at this time.


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