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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3401 ..

Mr Geoffrey Rutledge

Mr David McLennan

Minister for Planning

MRS DUNNE (5.03): I would like to echo what Ms Dundas has said about the importance of staff, of their being appropriately remunerated and of their conditions being recognised. I also wish Geoffrey well. We will miss his corridor cricket and his corridor bocce.

As it is a matter for partings, we should note that this is the last day that David McLennan from the Canberra Times will be with us. He is going to the big house on the hill, and we wish him well. We now have the task of breaking in another Canberra Times journalist and getting him used to our ways.

On a more serious note, Mr Speaker, I cannot let this sitting go by without drawing attention to an issue raised in question time today. Without wishing to reflect on the debate yesterday, I am concerned about the outcome of the debate on the Nettlefold Street trees yesterday. I think it was a very good outcome. Can I reflect in that sense?

MR SPEAKER: You cannot reflect at all, actually.

MRS DUNNE: So I won't reflect. I didn't say that, Mr Speaker. But I am concerned at the attitude expressed by the minister that he does not have to do anything and that he will not do anything. I am putting the minister on notice that I am watching. I am giving him until we come back here in September to commence negotiations to show that he takes the issues raised in this Assembly seriously and that he takes the Assembly seriously. If he does not, he will have to look out for the consequences.

Chief Minister's export awards

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (5.05), in reply: Mr Speaker, I place on record the government's, and I am sure the Assembly's, congratulations to the following winners of the Chief Minister's export awards last evening: the Inland Trading Co, overall winner and winner also of the agribusiness award; Ecowise Environmental Pty Ltd, winner of the services award; Bottles of Australia, winner of the emerging exporter award; Seeing Machines, winner of the information and communications technology award; Micro Forte, winner of the arts and entertainment award-and we should note that Micro Forte also won the national small business ward-and Precision Metals of Queanbeyan, winner of the supporting exporter award.

They are all to be congratulated. I think the government has had an association with most of them since they started and have grown.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.05 pm until Tuesday, 23 September 2003, at 10.30 am.

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