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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3370 ..

MR SPEAKER: Yes, you did.

Mr Quinlan: The story did break on 18 August. I am sorry, I cannot withdraw that.

Mr Humphries: It is the inference.

MR SPEAKER: No, but you can withdraw any imputations, just as the Chief Minister can withdraw any imputations. I do not know whether imputations exist or not, but it does appear that other members feel this way, precious as they are.

Mr Berry: I reckon they would say something about me too, Mr Speaker, one day. They probably said it before, but I don't get my knickers in a twist about it.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I agree, Mr Berry. Are we all done? I call Mr Corbell.

Consideration of Assembly Business

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

That Notice No 1 Assembly Business-Variation to the Territory Plan No 138-Gungahlin Drive Extension, made pursuant to the Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Disallowance-be called on forthwith.

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Variation to Territory Plan No 138

Motion for disallowance

MR CORBELL (3.35): Mr Speaker, I move:

That Variation to the Territory Plan No 138-Gungahlin Drive Extension, made pursuant to the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 be disallowed.

This motion has one clear and unambiguous purpose and that is to maintain on the Territory Plan the western alignment for the Gungahlin Drive extension. Mr Speaker, the Assembly should not be debating this motion today because this variation should not have been brought to the Assembly at this time. Construction of the Gungahlin Drive extension, whether on the eastern or the western alignment, is not due to commence until the 2002-2003 financial year and still requires an amendment to the National Capital Plan before it can proceed. In short, either the western or the eastern alignment can be built in accordance with the existing capital works timetable, and Labor has committed to that timetable for the western alignment. The development of the Gungahlin Drive extension will not be affected by a decision of the Assembly today to preserve the western alignment on the Territory Plan.

A variation to the Territory Plan to formally define the route of the Gungahlin Drive extension should be introduced in the next sitting of the next Assembly once the community has voted on this controversial and divisive issue. Their choices are clear and they know where the different parties stand. Most importantly, Mr Speaker, this Assembly should not act today to preclude route options from the next territory government by effectively passing this variation today.

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