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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3058 ..

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister is answering the question.

MS CARNELL: Mr Stanhope is out there saying, "I'm right behind the Olympics", but at every opportunity he tries to undermine the whole process. I do not believe that is good enough. This side of the house totally supports the Games.

Mr Stanhope: No matter what cost.

MS CARNELL: We are right behind it. I would have thought that every parliament in this country would be right behind the Games. In fact, everyone is, apart from those opposite.

Mr Speaker, you just have to have a look around the other States that are hosting Olympic soccer or, for that matter, Sydney and the Olympics. Do we see their oppositions - Labor, Liberal or whatever - playing the sorts of games that those opposite are? No. Whether they are Labor governments or Liberal governments, the arrangements are the same. Hindmarsh Stadium has been upgraded. The Docklands is going ahead in Victoria, although I understand that they are going to have the soccer at the MCG. Lang Park, or ANZ Stadium, is being upgraded in Brisbane - $200m in Brisbane; over $40m - - -

Mr Stanhope: Did they break the law? Did they do it legally?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stanhope, you have asked your supplementary question. The Chief Minister is not in a position to say whether the Labor Government in Queensland broke the law or not.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, all of those stadiums have been upgraded, and all at a significantly - - -

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I asked the Chief Minister whether she would table - - -

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, that is not a point of order.

Mr Stanhope: Well, relevance then, Mr Speaker. The Chief Minister is making absolutely no attempt to answer the question I asked.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has not yet finished her answer. How do I know that she will not table something?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, you do not see the sort of undermining negativity from Labor or Liberal governments in other States.

Mr Stanhope: That is right; they are competent.

MS CARNELL: I am pleased that Mr Stanhope believes the Kennett Government is competent and that the Olsen Government is competent.

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