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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 1828 ..

MR KAINE: What do you mean by "our pool"? If you are talking about the pool at Tuggeranong - - -

Mr Berry: Who built it?

Ms McRae: Who built it?

MR KAINE: It was built by the Alliance Government. The Tuggeranong pool was built by the Alliance Government.

Ms McRae: Nonsense! We delivered. We delivered for you.

MR KAINE: Mr Whalan was working assiduously on the Tuggeranong pool. He tried to get private enterprise to build it and he failed. You might have got to open the Tuggeranong pool, but you - - -

Ms McRae: We built it for you.

Mr Berry: Who got the funds?

Ms McRae: And who got the votes? You did. You did, on our pool.

MR KAINE: I was a bit disappointed, Minister, in view of the sterling job you are doing, to find you being attacked over things that the attacker should have done over a period of five years before you even stepped into the job. You are doing a sterling job. I know that you will remedy the inconsistencies in the paper, in part two, which I expect to read very soon.

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (4.22): Mr Speaker, I am not a front row forward, because of lack of ability and height, but perhaps I might contribute - - -

Ms McRae: Sheer cunning and skill are all you need, Mr De Domenico.

MR DE DOMENICO: Sheer cunning and skill; thank you, Ms McRae. Mr Osborne mentioned that there was a necessity for some sporting facilities in the Tuggeranong Valley. There is a necessity for sporting facilities all over Canberra. The only problem I have with that is that the more you give people the more they want, and that is fair enough. It is up to this Minister, quite obviously, to have a look at what amount of money he has available and then make decisions accordingly. I would like to applaud the work done by this Minister in his very short time as Minister. For example, he got together with the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club in order to get the private sector and some sporting organisations involved in the provision of facilities as well. It is very easy for everybody to say, "Government, please give us what we want". The lateral way of doing things is not just to rely solely on government for the provision of some facilities for the community. I think the Minister is to be applauded for that.

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