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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3351 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. As residents move into Whitlam and Denman Prospect, they will discover this place and see Namarag’s value as a great asset to the Ngunnawal people and culture. It will also be a place to explore, to have picnics and to see nature respond to changing seasons.

I am proud that our government is growing a network of parks and reserves. As our city grows, we are taking steps to protect and enhance our environment. It is because of good planning that we have protected woodlands and grasslands. This work will continue.

Our government is providing the diversity of homes that Canberrans want, close to their workplaces while also providing access to recreation and nature. We know that Canberrans love living close to green spaces where they can meet up with friends and family for a picnic or even a game of cricket. In contrast, there is the conservative Canberra Liberals’ vision of bulldozers, congestion and endless sprawl, with only one housing choice that lines the pockets of their developer mates.

Madam Speaker, the government is protecting the landscape setting of our bush capital while creating accessible and friendly spaces that connect people and promote healthy communities.

Mr Barr: On that happy note, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Business—Better Regulation Taskforce

MS CHEYNE: I took a question on notice yesterday that I can answer now, if that is all right. Mr Cain asked me, I believe, how much funding had been allocated for the discovery phase report from the Better Regulation Taskforce and how much of that had already been spent. There is no specific funding allocated to the discovery report. It will be drafted internally by ACT public service staff within existing resources.

ACT Policing—resources

MR HANSON: In response to a question, Mr Gentleman said that he had no records or there were no records of cuts to ACT Policing in the 2013 budget. I refer Mr Gentleman to the budget papers but also to numerous media articles, including an ABC article of 7 June 2013 titled “$15 million cut to ACT Police budget”.

Mr Gentleman further said he was not a member of the government. My understanding is that he had been re-elected at that point and was a backbencher and that the Labor government would have voted for that budget. I ask him to clarify the record, check the record, and perhaps come back into this place if he has misled.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not quite sure if you sought to clarify a question on notice or if you took a point of order, but I will leave it to the minister to come back and make any correction, if necessary.


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