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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 August 2008) . . Page.. 2856 ..


a fantastic facility, emulating, I hope, the wonderful facilities that have been delivered by this government in Belconnen. But I acknowledge the significant role, most particularly, of Mr Stefaniak in developing the model that was ultimately accepted and implemented by my government.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke?

MRS BURKE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, given the vagueness of your answer to my question and your shocking track record on delivering promises—

MR SPEAKER: Just come to the question, please.

MRS BURKE: isn’t this just another election promise you have no intention of delivering or ability to deliver on?

MR STANHOPE: We have every intention and every capacity—most particularly, because of the state of the budget. We have a balance sheet that is the envy of almost every other government in Australia, as a result of decisions that my colleagues and I took in government. We took the tough decisions. We sorted out the lackadaisical attitude to the territory’s economy that had been taken by previous governments. We have the capacity, we have the will and we have the commitment. We will not only deliver to the people of Gungahlin a state-of-the-art aquatic centre and pool, but on the same site we will deliver a $67 million college and CIT, a public library and, on the same site, an enclosed oval. We will discuss and negotiate through the Department of Health, most particularly with the community council and representatives of Gungahlin, an $18 million health centre, either co-located or located on the same site. That is our commitment; that is our capacity. Where is your commitment? Your commitment in relation to the pool, as I said earlier—

MR SPEAKER: Come back to the subject matter of the question.

MR STANHOPE: I conclude on this point: with respect to the Liberal Party’s commitment in relation to the pool—

MR SPEAKER: Never mind the Liberal Party’s commitment.

MR STANHOPE: there was a cast-iron guarantee by the Leader of the Opposition yesterday to not build a pool in Gungahlin.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come back to the subject matter or sit down.

MR STANHOPE: It is the only promise he has made that we can believe.

Gungahlin swimming pool

MS PORTER: My question is to the minister for sport and recreation. Minister, can you please inform the Assembly what sporting and other infrastructure the government has delivered in Gungahlin and what the government’s future priorities for Gungahlin are?


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