Page 1969 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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transparency than the original motion does. The motion aims for transparency and scrutiny. I absolutely applaud that. I think that the amendment actually achieves that scrutiny and transparency in a better way.

This will also be the first time that we will see an update from the May 2020 snapshot, and we will see the assessment of the benefits published. I am really looking forward to seeing that analysis. We are certainly waiting for that in our office. That is exactly the kind of scrutiny that we need. We can learn from that scrutiny, and we can apply it to future stages. The ACT Greens will be supporting Minister Steel’s amendment.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.34): We will not be supporting the shallow amendment from the minister. Have you read this, Mr Assistant Speaker? It is rubbish. It does not address the substantial questions that have been presented in the original motion. Mr Steel has again shown absolute disdain for the people of Canberra by refusing to commit to providing the information that people are calling for. He knows all of the answers to these questions, but he does not want to impart that information.

Mr Steel is embarrassed by those numbers, and he is embarrassed by his government’s failure to fulfil any meaningful time-line predictions on this project. He is embarrassed. I can understand that embarrassment. Labor are just hanging on in there, in the hope that the Greens do not crack the whip hard enough to actually force them to do it faster. Of course, if they do that, they do not really have the money.

Mr Steel knows full well that I will be releasing a comprehensive transport policy. He is looking forward to it; he is actually looking forward to it. He knows that I will be releasing a comprehensive transport policy in the lead-up to the election in 2024, and he is a bit worried that it will be pretty solid. He is a bit worried. He knows that I have more room to move than he has, because we will not be spending $4 billion on a tram.

I will not be dictated to by Mr Steel as to the timing of those announcements, so he can carp on all he likes from the sidelines—and I look forward to him doing it, because he is quite entertaining when he does it. I find that he is quite entertaining. But I will make those announcements at a time that I choose.

Mr Steel is disappointed that we are holding a torch to his government. That is what he said in his speech, basically. He is disappointed that we are holding a torch to his government. He has been trusted by the people of the ACT to deliver this project, and he is letting those people down. He somehow does not seem to believe that, as the shadow minister, I should be watching closely and that I should be holding him to account.

Mr Steel should know that I will be watching his every step. I will be taking note of every failed promise. I will be recording every milestone that we fail to meet, every delay and every cost blowout. Every single time that something does not go to plan, I will be there, and I will shine a light on it. That is one of the reasons why they pay my salary.

From Mr Steel today, it was pretty much like the stance on Calvary, really, wasn’t it? Mr Steel’s position is, “We’ve got the numbers, so it’s my way or the highway.” No; the amendment is full of weasel words, and I would say to Mr Steel: you can’t hide

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