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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 908 ..

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. The supplementary question is both hypothetical and rhetorical: what harm would it do? He has to express an opinion about something that has not happened.

MR STANHOPE: I have touched on the issue, Mr Hargreaves, and I will be very clear. It would do irreparable harm to the reconciliation process-just as the Liberal Party's national leader's refusal to apologise has done irreparable harm to reconciliation.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, you didn't rule. Why don't you rule?

MR SPEAKER: I think the question was in order.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question to the Minister for Planning relates to the government's policy on Canberra's open space network. Minister, in the Labor Party's campaign launch speech made on 10 October last year the now Chief Minister said:

Labor wants to protect our city's open space. We are proposing that Canberra's unique open space system be fully identified in consultation with the community. Labor will then take steps to ensure that open space land can only be changed for development by a special two-thirds majority of the Legislative Assembly.

Minister, do you stand by the Chief Minister's undertaking of 10 October 2001? Is it not the case that if you proceed with the ill-considered western route of the Gungahlin Drive extension you will be building a four-lane road through an area between the CIT at Bruce and the athletics track designated "ridges, hills and buffers", which are part of Canberra's open space network?

Mr Stanhope: What a ripper! What land did you give away this morning?

Mrs Dunne: Didn't give any land away.

Mr Stanhope: Flogging off open space. What an appalling decision that was.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Corbell has the floor.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A point of order already?

Mrs Dunne: I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Chief Minister has just made a reflection on a vote of the Assembly by saying that the decision made this morning was an appalling decision. I would like you to have him withdraw it.

Mr Quinlan: He said, "What land did you give away?"

Mrs Dunne: No, he said it was an appalling decision and I would like to have that withdrawn.

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