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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1356 ..

MR WOOD: It is difficult asking a supplementary question when the question has not been answered.

MR SPEAKER: In which case, sit down.

MR WOOD: No, Mr Speaker; I require a question. Let us do part of this. What funds are you going to advance? How are you going to change your one- or three-year budget to provide funds for this so-called fast-tracking? Or is it really just the case, as with the Acton-Kingston deal, that this is hyperbole to mislead the Assembly, the media and the community?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I am happy to take that supplementary question, although it is late coming. Mr Wood continues, as do members opposite, to spell doom and gloom. On the one hand, yesterday, we were told that the Government had decided not to do anything about public works. Yesterday, the Government came back and said, "Hey, listen, we will fast-track some public works in order to get some employment going in this town".

Members interjected.

Mr Hird: I raise a point of order. Mr Speaker, I direct your attention to standing order 61, and Mr Wood in particular should be named under standing order 202. This side of the house will be only too happy to accommodate you, sir, and him.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order that members shall not interrupt another member when he or she is speaking. That is what standing order 61 is about.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Wood will also be aware that Mr Moore's committee came forward with some recommendations about the way we handle the processes of public works which we inherited from the previous Government. At least this Government had the guts and the gall to say to Mr Moore, "Yes, we accept most of the recommendations made".

Capital Works Budget

MR SPEAKER: I call Mr Hird.

Ms Follett: We had to wait a long time before he got to his feet, Mr Speaker. It is lucky you are short-sighted.

MR SPEAKER: You know that I call one from each side when I can.

Ms Follett: When it suits you.

MR SPEAKER: Everybody gets a question. This is absurd.

MR HIRD: I trust that the honourable lady, a former Chief Minister, is not reflecting upon the Speaker.

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