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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 1978 ..

MR CORBELL (11.49), in reply: Mr Speaker, first of all I would like to indicate my thanks to members of the crossbench for their willingness to support this very important motion today. I was particularly grateful for the discussions I had with Mr Rugendyke. We went through some of the issues and I think we came to a common agreement that there was a range of issues that certainly did need further investigation, and that is the basis of my motion, so I thank him for that.

I want to put on the record that it is certainly not my intention, or the Labor Party's intention, to revisit in any way the controversy of the Hall/Kinlyside affair. That is not the purpose of this inquiry. The reason I made those comments was to give some background to one of the reasons why I believed an inquiry was necessary. The inquiry is going to deal with the substantive issue of whether or not rural residential should be implemented as a form of land use in the Territory.

Mr Speaker, I cannot resist responding to Mr Humphries' comments about comments made by Labor Party candidates during election campaigns. First of all, he could not really substantiate who it was and whether or not it was a member who was subsequently elected to this place. I would like to remind Mr Humphries of some issues that endorsed Liberal Party candidates raised during the last election. First of all, there was the issue of a tunnel under O'Connor Ridge. Is that government policy?

Mr Humphries: I think that is a good idea. I am sure Ms Tucker would support it.

MR CORBELL: I remember the endorsed Liberal candidate who said that. I think she still works for Mr Humphries.

Mr Humphries: That is right.

MR CORBELL: So does that mean it is government policy? Come off it, Mr Humphries. Mr Speaker, the other one is the new form of public transport to Canberra international airport, the gondola. Do you remember that one? Is that government policy too? The gondola public transport route to Canberra international airport. Who rigged that one? That was Mr John Louttit. He was an endorsed Liberal candidate. Is that government policy, and why have we not seen it in the capital works program? For heaven's sake, Mr Speaker, let us get real. Mr Speaker, the very important reason why this motion should be supported today - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 45 minutes after commencement of Assembly business, the debate is interrupted in accordance with standing order 77.

Motion (by Mr Berry , by leave) agreed to:

That the time allotted to Assembly business be extended by 45 minutes.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, the very serious and important reason why this motion should be supported today is that the Government has failed to address the fundamental range of issues outlined in my motion that go to the heart of whether or not rural residential development should occur in the ACT. There has been no justification of those substantive grounds. Indeed, during the Estimates Committee hearing I put

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