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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4310 ..

MRS CARNELL: The first answer is no, and no, we are not going to give this Assembly records of Cabinet agendas.

Mr Berry: Because you never have.

Mr Humphries: That is not true. I have been at meetings and she has not been there.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Kaine has the floor.

Kingston Foreshore Development

MR KAINE: That is nice. Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Chief Minister. I was rather astonished the other day to hear Mr Wood, one of the more responsible members of the Opposition, say on public radio - I think I heard him correctly - that nothing should happen in connection with the Kingston foreshore development until the economy improves. I would have thought that in making any decision about whether or not to go ahead with the Kingston foreshore development the state of the economy would have been a significant factor in the decision-making process. Chief Minister, can you assure us that the current economic climate, in fact, has been taken into account in planning for the Kingston foreshore development?

MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much, Mr Kaine, for the question. Mr Speaker, over the weekend I had the great pleasure of releasing the results of a major public consultation exercise on the Kingston foreshore development. That exercise found that overwhelmingly Canberrans think that the Kingston foreshore area is one of Canberra's great assets and they support it being transformed into a lively people-centred area for all Canberrans to enjoy.

Ms McRae: Ha, ha, ha!

Mr Whitecross: Dear me!

Mr Berry: Poke out your tongue.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I find it interesting that those opposite do not believe that the Kingston foreshore is a great asset for Canberrans.

Mr Kaine: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I can only assume from what is happening on the other side of the house that they think that any action taken to fix our economic problem is a big joke. Can you tell them that this is serious?

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, it is serious. It is wonderful to see so many Canberrans get behind a project which will mean that the Kingston foreshore will be transformed into a lively people-centred area that all Canberrans can enjoy. It is an objective, Mr Speaker, that I would have thought all members of this Assembly would have supported.

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