Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2267 ..
government in relation to infrastructure was to build the futsal slab, which has never been used. This was actually after they painted the grass at the Bruce Stadium green.
Then if you actually look at their other investments, this is the party that in six years of government closed 114 hospital beds. This is the party in government that in six years oversighted the addition of 14 aged care beds across the territory—two-and-a-bit beds a year.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, the question was actually about TAMS delivering infrastructure this year. The question by Mr Hargreaves was specifically about TAMS and the implementation this year.
MR STANHOPE: He has been very interested in the response. He likes the context. But the point is that just in this year we will deliver in excess of $170 million of capital across the board in building this city. If one goes back and compares that $170 million just in this year, repeated year on year over the last few years—(Time expired.)
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary question?
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Notwithstanding that those opposite may feel this is bad news, minister, how does TAMS’s current capital works budget compare with previous years and, perhaps, how does it compare across the board?
MR STANHOPE: Actually, I was just alluding to that in relation to an analysis or comparison with the Liberal Party’s—
Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Could I seek your guidance in relation to other rulings that have been made? Mr Hargreaves’s question was: how does the current appropriation compare to other appropriations? Could you remind the Chief Minister that in answering that question he can only actually talk about his own government? That is what rulings have constantly said in the past—that you cannot go back to others.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I am not aware of that practice. I believe that it is open to the Chief Minister to comment on all previous budgets.
Mrs Dunne: Okay.
MR SPEAKER: I am happy to discuss it further if you can recall earlier situations. Perhaps we can discuss that afterwards, but I am not aware of it at this point.
Mrs Dunne: I will bring it to your attention.
MR STANHOPE: In fact, I did intend to concentrate just on TAMS delivery in the financial year and actually go to the scope and the nature of the investment. It is a scope, nature and intricacy that was completely lost by members of the Greens and the Liberal Party yesterday in the matter of public importance in relation to this issue.