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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1204 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

disappointed that there is no money provided in the capital works expenditure which could allow the minister to use his imagination, for which he is well renowned, to fix the problem. There is nothing there. He can come up with as many good ideas as he likes.

I think we share the same desire. It is how we get there that we would probably differ on. I have to express my disappointment that when he goes to the cupboard that Mother Hubbard provided for him he will find nothing. I hope that some manna falls from heaven between now and the final budget and that Mr Moore can proceed with that.

I will finish on one light note, Mr Speaker. I know there are magicians over on the opposite benches. I do not mean the man in the pointy hat, Mr Hird, but the chief magician down below him. That is exactly where he belongs. The magical trick is going to be when we come to work out when work is going to start on the Belconnen Joint Emergency Services Centre and the Joint Emergency Services Training Facility, because if you look at the capital works budget it says that the timing of the forward design for Belconnen JESC is dependent on the forward design for the Joint Emergency Services Training Facility. When you flick across to the training facility it says the timing of the Joint Emergency Services Training Facility is dependent upon the Belconnen Joint Emergency Services Centre. We are seeing ever decreasing circles here, and I am wondering which one will disappear first. I am sure there was a mistake there, and I trust it will be fixed.

All in all, Mr Speaker, I think the consultation process could have been expanded and could have been done a little better. I thoroughly enjoyed the five submissions that we received, although I would have preferred a heck of a lot more than that. I would like also to express my appreciation to Ms Clapin for the work that she did and to my fellow members on the committee because we did consider all of the things there with absolutely no acrimony whatsoever. I pay tribute to my fellow members for that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 68

MR HIRD (5.09): Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 68-The 2001-02 draft budget initiatives and the 2001-02 draft capital works program for the Department of Urban Services, dated 23 March 2001, together with extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I will be brief and to the point. This report is a unanimous report. It has only one recommendation. Members will see that we draw attention to seven matters in particular. We think those matters deserve particular attention by the government when it frames the 2001-2002 budget. These seven matters emerged out of our inquiry and show what I believe to be the value of listening to our community.

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