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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1048..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

beams were transported to the site under police escort, with two large cranes then being used to lift them onto the bridge abutments.

Each beam is 40 metres long, has a depth of 1.8 metres, and weighs approximately 76 tonnes. The beams were manufactured in Newcastle and are the longest prestressed concrete beams available. It is anticipated that the Barton Highway to Ginninderra Drive segment of the GDE will be open to traffic before Christmas this year. The Ginninderra Drive to Aranda segment is still planned to be complete and open to traffic by mid-2007. Revised arrangements for Caswell Drive will soon be implemented. That will include redirecting traffic onto temporary roadway.

I think that people will have seen that there has been significant movement in the construction of this roadway. I thank the contractors for getting on with it and doing the job for the people of Gungahlin.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I would like to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: During question time, the Chief Minister said that I had in some way insulted or misrepresented Treasury officials. If he had actually listened to the question, he would have known that I at no time mentioned Treasury officials. I asked whether the government had received any advice recently, not the midyear update that was released in February. Indeed, I direct the Treasurer to page 44 of the budget mid year review document that was tabled in this place on, I think, 14 February this year. There were actually mistakes, enormous mistakes, in the document that necessitated the then Treasurer to release a new document. The depreciation was double-counted, an error that in fact was against the government and would not have occurred under legitimate accounting standards.

Answers to questions on notice

Question Nos 999 and 1001

MR STEFANIAK: I request an explanation, pursuant to standing order 118A (a), on two questions that are on the notice paper today, questions 999 and 1001. The 30 days expired on 8 April 2006. They were both to the Attorney-General.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am required to respond. I apologise to the shadow attorney. The responsibility for the Attorney-General's portfolio has been transferred to one of my ministers. To the extent that there has been a delay, I would assume that it has been as a result of the transitional arrangements that we have endured over the last couple of weeks and the attorney will respond as soon as he is able, but I apologise on my behalf for the delay.


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