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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 October 2010) . . Page.. 4722 ..

MS BRESNAN: Am I asking the question again?

Mr Hanson: I heard it.

MR SPEAKER: I don’t care what you could hear, Mr Hanson. I can’t hear Ms Bresnan over Mr Coe’s interjecting.

MS BRESNAN: What specific funding arrangements are in place for the upgrades and projects in the greater city plan and when will this funding start?

MS GALLAGHER: My understanding is that the ACT budget has allocated, over the next two years, $30 million across the range of initiatives that are outlined in the Canberra city area action plan 2010-16. So there is money allocated in the budget.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance. I understand this is a supplementary. When did the rules change so that supplementaries can be sent to different ministers?

MS GALLAGHER: I apologise if I have broken the rules.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, the substantive question was directed to Ms Gallagher. I took the question because it related to my acting portfolio responsibilities. The supplementary questions have been directed to both me and Ms Gallagher. But Ms Gallagher is the responsible minister when it comes to the greater city action plan document, and that is what the supplementary question was about.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order, Mr Smyth. I think, between the responsibilities of the various acting ministers, it is in the interests of the Assembly that the minister most capable of answering the question takes the question. Ms Hunter, a supplementary?

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Why does the city plan specifically propose widening the footpath along Bunda Street, when it directly conflicts with the rollout of the city cycle loop?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take that question on notice. I am just not across all the detail about why decisions have been made as they have been in the Canberra city area action plan, but I am sure that we can provide that information to the Assembly.


MR DOSZPOT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. A report for the federal government into energy efficiency has suggested that states and territories introduce congestion taxes. Will you rule out the introduction of a congestion tax in the ACT?

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