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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1353..


MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Smyth: Wrong road.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, Order! Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will ask again: given the uncertainty and delays surrounding the construction of Gungahlin Drive, can the Minister assure the residents and business owners of Gungahlin that the completion of the first stage of construction of Horse Park Drive will in fact happen in November of this year and that it will be sufficient to alleviate the extreme peak hour congestion not only around the Gungahlin town centre but on heavily used Flemington Road?

MR WOOD: What Mr Stanhope and I were saying is that if you keep your hands off it and do not interfere it might be done on time.

Mr Hargreaves: What is Wilson Tuckey going to say about it?

Mr Stanhope: Have you approached Wilson yet?

Mrs Dunne: You haven't done anything about the road. You are just blaming Wilson Tuckey because you have nobody else to blame. Your own incompetence.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Cornwell: The only road you have got is the yellow brick road.

MR WOOD: I should stir things more often, Mr Speaker; I do not do so too often. I expect it to be completed. That is the plan and I would aim to see that happen. I am not going to go out there myself with a pick and shovel and see what I can do to help. That is the idea. The expectation is that it will considerably ease the traffic around the town centre.

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Minister, you and members will be aware that the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry recently handed down its 22-volume report. Can the minister say how the industry in the ACT fared in this report?

MS GALLAGHER: There is no doubt that the findings of the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry have been eagerly anticipated by many-not the least those on the opposite side of the chamber.

It is to be welcomed in this territory that the report delivered our construction industry a clean bill of health and recognised that there is no illegal conduct in the ACT industry. This is good news. However, we have to ask some questions about the report and how it relates to the ACT.


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