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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1468 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

time, for instance, Mr Stanhope takes some responsibility and shows some leadership or shows some judgment in the issues of my portfolio, he dives in and he gets it wrong. The only thing he does is make Mr Hargreaves look good in what he says about the portfolio as it is.

Remember when Mr Stanhope said, "We should not reseal roads in January because the airport is at its busiest time."? If you had taken the courtesy to ring the airport and find out how busy they really were, you would have found out that it is the airport's quietest time. Why? Because the Canberra Airport mainly has business traffic through it, not tourists. The tourists come by car, they come by bus and, because of the hard work of this Government, in the future they will come by the very high speed train. We have to get to the heart of this. This is about responsibility and it is about that side not taking their responsibilities seriously.

We have heard Mr Rugendyke say several times that he does not believe that the bar is high enough on these issues; that they are just a smokescreen. The Opposition seems to treat these issues flippantly. Mr Osborne, as I have said, got it right.

MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 3 o'clock, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 4 May 1999, the debate is interrupted.


MR BERRY (3.00): I move ...

MR SPEAKER: You will need leave to speak.

MR BERRY: I seek leave to speak.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I move:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Assembly of 4 May 1999 relating to the consideration of the Appropriation Bill 1999-2000, the resumption of debate be made an order of the day for a later hour this day and given precedence over all business following any resolution of the Assembly in relation to consideration of the Appropriation Bill 1999-2000.

Mr Speaker, the purpose of this motion is to deal with the Leader of the Opposition's speech on the Appropriation Bill, whereupon we will return to the debate on the motion of want of confidence in the Attorney. We will then have to make some decisions about other matters which might come on this afternoon, including question time.

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