Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2005 2005) . . Page.. 585 ..
will tell whether the opposition has the guts to stand up for the rights of working people in the ACT—
Opposition members interjecting—
Mr Quinlan interjecting—
MS GALLAGHER: or whether they will be the foot soldiers for a regressive, ideological federal government—
MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Quinlan, order! To the rest of you, order as well, please, or I will begin by warning you.
MS GALLAGHER: So time will tell whether the opposition will stand up for working people in the ACT or whether they will just implement and be party to the regressive federal government agenda which, if successful—and this is something that everyone should consider—would ensure that our generation of workers will hand the next generation of workers a worse industrial relations system, worse working conditions, worse employment conditions, than we received when we started working, and that will be the first time in Australia’s history.
MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Yesterday, in response to my question to Mr Quinlan asking him to confirm your promise to build a dragway within 18 months, he replied:
No, I will not.
He went on to claim:
We have not said, in black and white, in exactly 18 months there will be a dragway.
Chief Minister, you promised on 14 October last year that the Labor Party would build a dragway by mid-2006 on either block 51 or block 52 in the Majura Valley if re-elected to government. After the election you confirmed this promise in a media release on 7 December 2004, saying:
We will build a dragway within 18 months.
What new information has the government received between 7 December and today that has led to your not being able to meet your commitments to build a dragway within 18 months?
MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Stefaniak. The government is committed to the construction of a dragway. Our expectation is that, subject to the final outcome of some testing and further consultation in relation to the Majura Valley, it will be built in the Majura Valley. This is a project that we are giving a high priority to. The project is being managed by the major projects group within the Chief Minister’s Department, headed up by Mr George Tomlins.