Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 7 August 2008) . . Page.. 3034 ..
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Treasurer, are there any other issues or matters pending with the operation of Rhodium of which you are aware and are concerned about and of which the Canberra community should also be made aware?
MR STANHOPE: That question is so hypothetical, Mr Speaker, that it just is not possible for me to respond.
No waste strategy
DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and is in regard to the review of the no waste strategy. I understand that the review was completed by the department in May and has been forwarded to the government for consideration by the end of July. Has the government received and considered the review? Has it made any significant amendments and, if so, what are they?
MR HARGREAVES: Yes. No.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Foskey.
DR FOSKEY: Will the original consultants’ review and their recommendations be released publicly?
MR HARGREAVES: No.
Gungahlin Drive extension
MR STEFANIAK: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, yesterday you stated, with reference to your 23 July, 5.40 pm announcement to duplicate the Gungahlin Drive extension, that:
The GDE was not a budget project. It is not funded in the budget … it was not a budget decision.
On Tuesday you said:
The budget papers for this year refer to the GDE duplication as a priority.
As these statements are inconsistent, which one is correct?
MR STANHOPE: The statements are quite consistent, Mr Speaker. I do understand that the opposition has always struggled with some of the base issues in relation to economics and, indeed, in relation to economic management. We see that and I guess it really explains the nature of the lack of understanding that the member expresses. There is a significant difference between appropriation and provision. I think the budget papers are quite clear on that. There is no appropriation for a duplication of the GDE. No budget decision was taken. There is no appropriation.