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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2663 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

The most important thing is that we get a good prison system and that we get it as soon as possible. Look back at Bruce Stadium. Yes, there were problems, but we got a bloody good stadium and we got it at a reasonable price. That is the final outcome.

Mr Berry: You hopeless apologist.

MR MOORE: I hear Mr Berry saying, "You hopeless apologist." I have just conceded, as the Chief Minister has, that things went wrong with Bruce Stadium. You also ought to recognise that some things went right.

Mr Berry: Not much at Bruce Stadium, I have to say.

MR MOORE: Mr Berry, you have been to the stadium. The stadium is a bloody good stadium. Everybody I talk to says that it is a bloody good stadium. That is the reality. It is an absolutely terrific stadium.

The point I am making here is that we need to push ahead. It would be very easy to take the do-nothing option and to let the project wallow. It does need driving. Mr Corbell, if you are the corrections minister next year-I do not necessarily wish that on you-you will realise that it does need driving.

Mr Corbell: It will not be like Bruce Stadium, I can assure you.

MR MOORE: I agree. I conclude by thanking members of the committee, not just for this report but for the tremendous effort they put into making sure they understood the issues, reading the extraordinary amount of material, and seeking to make sure we have the best prison and a corrections system based on the sorts of things I said in my speech when introducing the bill this morning.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 77

MR HIRD (12.20): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 77-Draft variation to the Territory Plan (No 138): Gungahlin Drive Extension, dated 7 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report to be noted.

Mr Speaker, the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services recommends that draft variation to the Territory Plan No 138, relating to the proposed Gungahlin Drive extension, should be endorsed. We do not make this recommendation unanimously, unfortunately. However, Mr Rugendyke and I believe that the people of Gungahlin have suffered long enough and that it is time to get on with the job and get the work started.

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