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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 505 ..

Mr Stanhope: We have learnt.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please!

MS CARNELL: Thank you. Mr Speaker, I think the Opposition could learn a lot from the Opposition leader in Victoria, Mr Brumby, who on Friday morning, before the special meeting of Premiers and Chief Ministers in Melbourne, came out and totally supported Jeff Kennett, something that I am sure Mr Brumby has not done terribly often, with regard to his position on heroin trials and other extraordinarily important areas. He gave the Premier his support in such areas. Mr Speaker, on the basis that Mr Kennett's position on this is fairly similar to mine, I have been waiting with bated breath for our Opposition to do the same.

Mr Stanhope: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Just on that point, the Labor Party, and I can speak on behalf of all six of us, supports the drug trial. All six members of the Labor Party, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. If you wish to make a personal explanation at the end of question time you can do so.

John Dedman Parkway

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mr Smyth and it relates to his announcement today that the Government will be proceeding with a plan variation to allow the John Dedman Parkway, the Gungahlin Drive extension as it is now called, to be built to the east of the AIS. Minister, is it correct that you now have revealed the true reason why you doubled the bus fares for Gungahlin residents in the new ACTION network - so that they will be forced to use their cars more and therefore will be right behind your proposal to build the John Dedman Parkway, oops, the Gungahlin Drive extension, along the most environmentally destructive route and against the wishes of affected residents in Kaleen, O'Connor and Aranda?

Mr Corbell: I want an announcement, Brendan. Gary made this announcement 11/2 years ago.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Settle down everybody.

MR SMYTH: Let us think about what Mr Humphries announced 11/2 years ago. Mr Speaker, no, we have not announced this today as some means of forcing people into buses and to pay double the fare. We have followed the process that Mr Humphries started some years ago before the election when he said that we would adopt the eastern route. We have had that work done now and it is appropriate to put out the draft variation.

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