Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 February 2010) . . Page.. 480 ..
parking and that, as a matter of urgency, we should provide more. There are shops that I enter around town from time to time where, before I can get my order in, I am asked about parking.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe?
MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, do you have any plans to rezone existing free parking into pay parking anywhere in Canberra?
MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, would you like to narrow the scope of your question. Ms Le Couteur’s question was specifically about the Civic plan. I think your question is probably a little wide, but you are welcome to rephrase it if you wish.
MR COE: On the point of order: the question did have overtones about the provision of parking more generally, and the Chief Minister certainly spoke about the provision of parking more generally, not just limited to the city.
MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am happy to attempt to satisfy Mr Coe. Mr Coe, I have to say—and I will be careful so as not to mislead; I do not want a privileges committee established here—that I cannot recall, since the last budget—
Mr Hanson: You’re really losing relevance, aren’t you, Jon?
MR STANHOPE: Come on, jellyback. Sit still there, if you can. Part with the old jellyback, flop, flop, flopping around there in the chair—
Mr Hanson: Bullyboy, Jon.
MR STANHOPE: Give it a go, jellyback.
Mr Hanson: It stings me.
MR STANHOPE: I know it does.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, will you refer to other members by their names.
MR STANHOPE: I am constantly intrigued by the vision of Mr Hanson dropping into the nearest deep hole that he can find whenever there is any issue that requires just a tad of courage. Mr Coe, I do not believe since the last budget that I have given any serious consideration to increasing either the quantum or the extent of pay parking. But, having said that, in the context of budgets and budget deliberations—our departments and agencies have been busy over a number of months now developing proposals for government in relation to this year’s budget—at this stage I have to say I have not reviewed all of the proposals which my departments have put to me and I cannot say to you, Mr Coe, that there is not somebody, somewhere in government, that has not given consideration to these issues. On my own behalf, I have not, but it may be that in the varied issues that will be forwarded to government for consideration in a budget context—no directions have been given either that anything is on or anything is off the table in relation to issues—(Time expired.)