Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 3212 ..
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, you will have to sort that out yourself, I am afraid.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, something I think we should sort out is whether you can have a supplementary question of 10 parts that have very little relevance to the first question. If they did have relevance, why was I ruled out of order for answering part of the supplementary question?
MR SPEAKER: Because the supplementary question was not part of the major question, Chief Minister.
MS CARNELL: Sorry, Mr Speaker, the two do not go together. If I was ruled out of order for my answer to the first question, then the supplementary is out of order for not being related to the first question.
Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I do not think it is open to the Chief Minister to ask you questions.
MR SPEAKER: Sit down.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to answer.
MR SPEAKER: I was totally confused by that supplementary question, Chief Minister. If you were, I suggest that Mr Corbell put it on notice.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am happy to answer it, because it is silly, as is normally the case. I made the point in my answer to the first question that this index each month surveys 100 ACT businesses. Already two organisations that represent some 1,650 businesses have supported the sale of ACTEW. The question asked was: "Do you support the sale of public utilities?". There was no information about extra legislation to guarantee things like price or environment, no regulatory reform, no backup, no other information. I think the fact that when other information was provided to bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council they were in favour indicates the level of support.
MR KAINE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, in October last year the Government announced a master plan for the refurbishment of our oldest shopping centre, the Kingston shopping centre. That plan was the result of a good deal of hard work done by the Kingston Precinct Community Group, which had been established a year-and-a-half before to identify community priorities - I emphasise "community priorities" - for public places around the shopping centre. The Government budgeted $535,000 for the first stage of a two-stage upgrade of the Kingston shopping centre. That focused on improvements to the landscaping, lighting, street furniture and parking in the Green Square area. The second stage was to extend the improvements to Eyre and Jardine streets and construct linkages between the shopping centre and the proposed Kingston foreshore development. Minister, I was somewhat concerned