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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1835 ..

MR SPEAKER: I thought I heard her ask whether he was in the loop, and I thought he was doing a pretty good job of telling you that he was. However, I am sure he is close to winding up anyway. Mrs Dunne, do you have a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, given the commitment to build on time, on budget, your preferred route and the whole caboodle, when will you start the planning?

MR STANHOPE: We are already planning. Significant planning is under way.

Mrs Dunne: So you misled the people on 2CC?

MR STANHOPE: No, there is planning and there is planning, and there is detailed planning and there is extensive planning.

Mrs Dunne: We have not done the basic planning.

MR STANHOPE: We will be planning until the day the road is completed.

MR SPEAKER: Order! We went through this for the main body of the question. We have had a supplementary question. Be good enough to sit there quietly and let the Chief Minister direct his answer through the chair and then we will get to the next question.

MR STANHOPE: There are some genuine issues.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: you have just asked the Chief Minister to answer through the chair, and yet he consistently addresses the gallery. If he spoke to you, we might get a better answer.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker-

Mr Smyth: He does it again.

MR STANHOPE: You ought to do a bit of basic research on what "address the chair" means.

Mr Smyth: I did not think it meant turn your back. It is "through the chair".

MR STANHOPE: You ought to do some study about what some of these expressions mean.

Mr Smyth: You ought to be involved in the planning.

MR STANHOPE: Don't you know what it means, you bloody simpleton?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop baiting each other.

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