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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2259 ..


$1 million upgrade of the foreshore, which then runs into a $6 million upgrade of Emu Inlet. We are getting up—$8 million, $7 million, $1 million, $6 million and a half a million dollar upgrade in John Knight park—goodness me—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister! The question was not about the Liberal Party’s track record in Ginninderra.

MR STANHOPE: The question was about investment in infrastructure and it is relevant that this was a $7 million investment in a foreshore amenity upgrade which followed fast on the heels of $8 million in an arts centre, $1 million of foreshore upgrade and $6 million for the Emu Inlet. The Liberal Party cannot match that; they never have and never will.

Mrs Dunne: I do have two points of order. One of them is the fact that the Chief Minister continually abuses standing order 42 and does not address the chair. Sometimes he might be able to hear you when you call him to order if he did in fact address the chair. Secondly, I know that time has now almost run out but Mr Coe asked a specific question and the standing orders require that his answer be directly relevant to the question.

MR SPEAKER: I think the Chief Minister has used up his time.

MS LE COUTEUR: I have a supplementary—

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, following on from this, can you explain the ACT government’s commitment to developing and implementing policy that includes children and young people in urban planning and design in the ACT?

MR STANHOPE: I certainly can in the context of the skate park, Ms Le Couteur. As I said, the government is engaged extensively in relation to the construction of a specific piece of infrastructure, a skate park, a facility—one would not wish to be ageist or in any way disrespectful of older skateboarders but a facility—that in the broad is designed for younger members of this community. We would welcome, of course, input from the broader community but we have a focused and targeted consultation with younger people in relation to the skate park at Phillip and here.

Ms Le Couteur, the point is—Ms Hunter went to this, and I think we will get to it, and I would have enjoyed it—that the government did, in relation to a motion moved by you in relation to a direction to the government through a motion you moved that young people be involved in an unspecified way in consultation on the construction of busways and freeways in Molonglo. Ms Le Couteur, I believe there is a distinction between consulting with young people on a specified targeted investment such as a skate park and the method and the way in which a government might consult with younger people, children, in the terms of your motion on the construction of a freeway.

That was the point that the government made, and indeed that the Liberal Party made. We did not say that we would not consult, and you have been verballing us on that.


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