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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 1968 ..

MR KAINE (continuing):

Its recommendations, I believe, are worth while. The fact that the Government has adopted them so readily and that the Minister, in his response to the report in this place, has undertaken to take those recommendations forward indicates that those resources are valued. They are treasured, and the Government is doing, and will be doing, everything in its power to preserve them. I do not think we can ask for much more than that, Mr Speaker.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report on Draft Capital Works Program

Debate resumed from 18 April 1996, on motion by Mr Moore:

That the report be noted.

MR OSBORNE (11.21): In continuing my comments about the Government's priority list for capital works, I would briefly like to mention three things. Firstly, I would like to reiterate my disappointment at the cutbacks in capital works that were announced because of the blow-out in the health budget, but that has been debated quite enough in this house. I would also like to mention - - -

Mr Moore: Never enough.

MR OSBORNE: Never enough, Mr Moore claims. I suppose not, when you think of the number of jobs that were lost because of that decision.

Mr Humphries: Rubbish!

MR OSBORNE: "Rubbish!", we hear from the man who is going to make 300 people lose their jobs by the stunt he has pulled on trading hours.

Mr Speaker, the two other things are traffic calming measures and the new Tuggeranong police station. I have to say, after looking at what the Government did at Learmonth Drive - they put in a couple of little, token speed humps and a little chicane there - it was a bit like what they are doing with trading hours. They think they are going to please everybody by pulling a little stunt. Really, there is another four kilometres of Learmonth Drive that they have not addressed. It is a bit like their view on trading hours. They do this little stunt. If they really were serious about helping local shops they would shut the group centres; they would have the guts to do that. But obviously they do not have that.

Mr Humphries: That is your recommendation, is it, Paul? Osborne wants group centres closed.

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