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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2131..


MRS BURKE (continuing):

rhetoric about doctors, does that not make your job and that of Dr Sherbon to attract specialists to practise in the ACT more difficult?

MR CORBELL

: No.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MRS DUNNE

: My question is to the Minister for Planning and relates to the Gungahlin Drive extension. Minister, it was put to you on ABC Radio on Friday, 3 June that it should have been apparent to the Labor Party before the 2001 election, when it said that it wanted the western alignment, that the National Capital Authority was opposed to that route. The ABC presenter said to you:

Surely that information would have been available to you.

You replied:

Not at all.

You went on to say:

It was only after the election that they-

the NCA-

became a lot more political on that issue...but it was not very clear to the Labor party before the election that the NCA did have a predetermined view in relation to either alignment...

I think your get-out-of-jail card is very clear. Minister, do you stand by what you said on ABC Radio on 3 June?

Mr Wood

: Mr Speaker, the matters regarding Gungahlin Drive have now been passed to me, so I think that it is appropriate that I should answer that.

Mrs Dunne

: Mr Speaker, it was a specific question to the Minister for Planning about comments that he made on radio and I asked him whether he stood by those comments. I think that Mr Corbell has to answer the question.

MR CORBELL

: My apologies, Mr Speaker; that is quite correct. I can only reiterate my recollection at that time, which is that prior to the election the NCA did not indicate a firm position, to the best of my knowledge, in relation to favouring one route over another. Indeed, my recollection is that the NCA simply indicated that either route would be consistent with the provisions of the National Capital Plan in relation to both of those areas being under further investigation for a possible road.

MRS DUNNE

: I have a supplementary question. Do you still stick by that, even in the light of the National Capital Authority's expressed preference for a western alignment published in its draft amendment No 41 on 28 July 2001?


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