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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 October 2005) . . Page.. 3754 ..


water resource projections for the Googong dam? How do you account for the 40 per cent increase in the resource, as stated in the think water, act water policy over the original 1998 water resources management plan?

MR STANHOPE: Is this a party room question or is it a maverick question? Mr Smyth, does Mrs Dunne have your authority to ask this question?

Mr Smyth: Just answer the question.

Mrs Dunne: Just answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mrs Dunne: You might actually get it right.

Mrs Burke: Yes, he might. You never know. We will wait.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: From time to time I see a van driving around Canberra. I think it is called “black thunder” and when I look across the chamber I see black thunder staring us in the face.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come to the subject matter of the question.

MR STANHOPE: I have to say that the body language is pretty crook. Mr Pratt, lean in a bit this way.

Mr Pratt: I like leaning to the left.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. I draw your attention to the standing order dealing with the relevance of a response.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister will come to the subject matter of the question.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will but I do admire Mr Mulcahy’s loyalty in jumping to the defence of his deputy to be. You have been squeezed out, Bill. How did you allow that to happen? Nobody wants you, mate.

MR SPEAKER: Notwithstanding the temptation, could you take it on notice?

MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. On the basis that the minister is taking the question on notice, does this mean that he knows nothing about his water resources strategy?

MR STANHOPE: I have taken the question on notice and I will provide the answer to Mr Smyth for relaying to his banished member.


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