Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3250 ..
MRS DUNNE (12.16): Mr Speaker, the Canberra Liberals will be supporting this worthwhile motion.
Mr Corbell: Hypocrite.
MRS DUNNE: Can I have that withdrawn, please, Mr Speaker?
Mr Stefaniak: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: that's quite clearly out of order. I think he should withdraw it.
MR SPEAKER: Would you withdraw that?
Mr Corbell: I withdraw it.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell.
MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.
Mr Corbell: Blatant hypocrisy.
MRS DUNNE: Can I have that one withdrawn too, please?
MR SPEAKER: What was that one?
MRS DUNNE: Blatant hypocrisy.
MR SPEAKER: I don't know whether he's referring to any particular member, but withdraw that, Mr Corbell.
Mr Corbell: I withdraw it, Mr Speaker.
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, the Liberal opposition will be supporting this worthwhile motion because it goes to the heart of what government in this community is about; it's about listening to the community. This government came in on a platform of planning for people. When it actually comes to the hard yards of listening to the community and taking into account the community's needs, this doesn't mean that every time the community says, "Yes we want X,"or "No, we want something else,"you have to fold. In this case, Mr Speaker, there is a longstanding and demonstrated desire in the community to have an outcome other than the one that is currently proposed.
This block of land on the corner of Nettlefold Street and Coulter Drive was sold under the previous government. If that is the hypocrisy that Mr Corbell was talking about, he's very wide of the mark. After that block of land was sold, Mr Speaker, there were other assessments of the trees done. The needs of the trees and the value of the trees only became totally to the fore after the block of land had been sold. This is why the Liberal opposition is prepared to support this motion.
If we have done the wrong thing, if we have sold a block of land that shouldn't have been sold because of the value of the trees, we should be prepared, Mr Speaker, to say