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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (12 March) . . Page.. 940 ..

MS MacDONALD (continuing):

I saw somebody dumping something on the street. I got quite upset about it, until I had made them pick it up.

It is not my style to go and perform a citizen's arrest. If I were to do that, I think it would make the papers. It is not likely to happen-I can tell you that. I would prefer an education program-trying to educate people about the importance of not littering our streets, rather than hitting them over the heads-figuratively, not literally, of course. People should be educated that littering is not a good thing; that it is an environment for us all; and that we should be taking pride in our environment. We have come a long way in the past 10 years, but we have a lot further to go.

Mr Speaker, I would like to thank you for your reference to a bumper shooter. I see, from your note to me, that that is somebody, who is desperate for a little bit of nicotine, picking up other people's cigarette butts to smoke them. I am not sure that I know how they feel. I was revolted by the whole concept of picking up everybody's cigarette butts, but it is certainly an interesting aspect.

MR SPEAKER: It is all right if you find one that is half-finished!

MS MacDONALD: In closing, I would like to thank everybody for their contributions to the debate. Hopefully, as I think Ms Dundas said, people will start to become a little more educated about it and desist from throwing things onto the ground.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Questions without notice

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR CORBELL (3.28): Yesterday-11 March-Mrs Dunne asked me a question about the timetable for the completion of the Gungahlin Drive extension.

I advise Mrs Dunne and members that construction of the Gungahlin Drive extension will commence in mid-2004 and is planned for completion in mid-2006. This is consistent with the timetable already outlined by the government in the budget papers, and is the same timetable as outlined in the budget papers for the western alignment.

The first stage of GDE will consist generally of a single lane in each direction, with grade-separated intersections. An overtaking climbing lane is proposed for the northbound direction on the section of GDE between Glenloch Interchange and the existing bridge on Caswell Drive.

Personal explanation

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to make a clarification.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR CORBELL: In the appropriation bill debate last week, I provided some information about the status of patients who had burns and were taken to Sydney as a result of the recent bushfires. I would like to correct that information, as it was somewhat dated. The

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