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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3164 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Have you, as minister, considered these issues? Do you accept the thrust of the report? Are you taking account of the comments made? When will you release the report?

MR CORBELL: The government has considered all of the issues raised during the consultation process of the Gungahlin Drive extension, including the details of the Fitch report.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I asked about a specific report and not about the general consultation. This is a report about an inquiry about specific issues.

MR SPEAKER: I am sure Mr Corbell is coming to the point of your question. Resume your seat, please.

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: may I have your ruling, please, Mr Speaker. I understand that the issue of the AIS report and the government's response is the subject of a motion coming on tomorrow, and I will ask for your ruling as to whether the question is out of order.

Mr Humphries: It is not on the notice paper.

MR CORBELL: I am quite happy to answer the question. If Mrs Dunne was just a little bit less eager and gave me more than 10 seconds to answer her question, I would have done so. The government has considered all the issues raised both in the general consultation processes that have been held to date, and raised by Dr Fitch in his study. The government will be announcing its response shortly, and will be releasing full details of its response and a full copy of the report.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you now admit that the weight of evidence is against the western route, that this is compelling evidence, and that your policy is wrong-headed and has been from the start?

MR SPEAKER: I reckon you would be on pretty safe ground if you said that question has already been answered.

Mrs Dunne: I would take a point of order if you said that.

MR CORBELL: As I have indicated, the government is considering all of the issues that have been raised in the consultation process, including the issues raised by residents in Aranda, stakeholders in the Bruce precinct, residents of Kaleen and-

Mrs Dunne: The report says that east is best.

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the minister has been attempting to answer the question. Mrs Dunne continually interjects. Would you please either instruct Mrs Dunne to cease her interjecting or warn her officially, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: Mrs Dunne, the trick is whether or not you can get away with it.

Mrs Dunne: Your stopping is just theatrical poise, is it, Mr Corbell?

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