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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 909 ..

MR SPEAKER: I didn't hear the remark. How could I hear?

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, if I did reflect on the wisdom of the Assembly I must say it was perhaps instinctive in that respect. But I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope. I call Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, the answer to Mrs Dunne's question is yes.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. Minister, will you implement your stated policy to entrench Canberra's open space network before or after you build the Gungahlin Drive extension?

MR CORBELL: It strikes me as very odd that it is the Liberal Party that is criticising this government for-

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: this is a very simple question. The answer we need is "Yes I will do it before" or "No I will do it after".

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne, I cannot put words in ministers' mouths. All I can do is ask them to answer your questions and when you ask I suspect that there is a little bit of hope for the best in them anyway. So Mr Corbell may care to try to answer the question.

MR CORBELL: I will do that as long as I can get more than half a sentence out at a time, Mr Speaker. It strikes me as odd that it is from the Liberal Party that we have criticism about the impact on Bruce and O'Connor ridges-the party that wanted to build the Gungahlin Drive extension right along the base of both of those ridges, fundamentally undermining the nature park integrity of those ridges. For them to stand up in this place-

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: my question relates specifically to an area of ridges, hills and buffers between the Bruce CIT and the athletics track. There has been no question about Bruce and O'Connor ridges. I would like to know whether the planning minister proposes to entrench this now or later.

Mr Stanhope: That's the bit where you wanted the tunnel, is it, Mrs Dunne?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope! Let me respond. The question I heard was distinctly related to ridges, hills and buffers. I know that Mr Corbell heard the question. I cannot put words in his mouth, neither can you. All we can do is ask him to answer the question and I am sure he is going to do that.

MR CORBELL: The point is, Mr Speaker, that under the Territory Plan all of Bruce and O'Connor ridges is hills, ridges and buffers, and considerable elements of it are also designated land under the National Capital Plan. But they are all regarded as part of the hills, ridges and buffers network that is the setting for the national capital.

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