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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 November 2014) . . Page.. 4068 ..


wallets, to put money in their purses, to allow them to spend money in the shops, to allow them to put food on the table—3½ thousand jobs right across the economy, including in the electorate of Ginninderra.

This is a project that is larger than the Cotter Dam project in terms of its employment benefit, larger than the Majura parkway project in terms of its employment, larger than the ASIO building. Do any of those opposite dispute the fact that those projects deliver benefits into each and every one of their electorates? (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why are you proceeding with this project, given the poor state of the ACT’s finances?

MR CORBELL: This is a project that delivers economic benefits for our city. We have a robust and detailed business case that backs that up with the facts and the figures that withstand the scrutiny that some seek to put them under. We know there is significant economic benefit associated with this project, and this is a time when we need to grow our economy. This is a time when we need to support diversification of our economy, to create the places and spaces that encourage the economic innovation we want to achieve for our city.

We believe in the future of this city, unlike those opposite and their federal colleagues who are not interested in the future of this city and who are looking at moving jobs out of our city. This is the same Liberal Party that is shifting public service jobs out of our city. We want to invest in our city. We want to create a sustainable future for our city, and we want to invest in infrastructure projects that deliver jobs and economic opportunity for our city. This is a project that delivers just that.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Can we all come to order before I call Dr Bourke? As I have said, we are not going to listen to question time in silence—I do not expect that—but when I call people to order, Mr Hanson and Mrs Jones, I expect you to come to order. Dr Bourke.

Transport—light rail

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, last month you released the business case for the capital metro project. Can you please tell the Assembly more about this business case and how it informs the capital metro project?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. It gives me the opportunity to reflect further on the very robust and detailed nature of the business case that the government has released for the capital metro project. I start by making the point that, unlike conservative governments around the country, this Labor government has been prepared to put the full, detailed business case as presented to cabinet on the table for public scrutiny. We have got the assistant infrastructure minister at a federal level, Mr Briggs, urging his state Liberal colleagues to do this and they are resisting it. Here in


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