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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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Ms Berry: Madam Speaker, I just heard a member from the opposition refer to the minister as "toxic Simon". I ask for your ruling on whether or not that is an appropriate way to address the minister, even in debate.

MADAM SPEAKER: Did somebody use the expression?

Mr Hanson: It was not me, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: If somebody used the expression, I would ask you to withdraw. I did not hear it, but if Ms Berry heard it—

Ms Berry: Madam Speaker, I ask that you check the tapes after this.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am happy to check the tape, but it would save a whole lot of effort, if somebody did use it, to withdraw.

Mr Coe: I am not sure I used the term that Ms Berry said, but I certainly referred to "toxic" on many occasions, and "hazardous material". If any of those are indeed unparliamentary then I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that might have resolved it. Thank you, Ms Berry. Do you have anything else—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Wait, Mr Hanson. Can you just wait a second. Mr Corbell, do you have anything else to say in answer to the question?

MR CORBELL: I have concluded my answer; thank you.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, how much will it cost to extend light rail to Russell?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for his question. The government have undertaken a range of analysis to come to the conclusion that we do believe there is value in testing the market delivery price for the extension of light rail from the city to Russell as part of the request for proposal stage. The government have taken the decision, as we have consistently in relation to the competitive process we are about to embark upon, that we are not going to precondition the market; we are not going to say to them, "This is how much we are prepared to pay. You tell us what your price is." We will test the market through the RFP process, then make an assessment about the affordability of that option and determine whether or not it should be proceeded with as part of stage 1.

What we do know is that there is significant potential in this route extension as part of stage 1. There are 8,000 public servants in the Russell defence area. Connecting them


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