Page 4601 - Week 14 - Thursday, 24 November 2005

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Teddy Bears Child Care Centre

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. It relates to blocks 2 and 6 of section 99, Curtin.

Minister, did you recently have a meeting with the management of the Teddy Bears Child Care Centre in relation to the direct sale of land as a replacement for the current centre? Did you tell the management of the Teddy Bears Child Care Centre that the land at Curtin was not available for direct sale because you were interested in setting it aside for urban infill?


Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

MR SESELJA: My question is to the chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. I refer to your decision to call a meeting of the planning and environment committee for Tuesday, 22 November 2005 in order to adopt report 17 of the committee, concerning its inquiry into DV231. Mr Gentleman, did you or your office have any discussions or correspondence with Minister Corbell or his office in relation to the decision to call the meeting? If so, what was the nature of such discussions or correspondence?

MR GENTLEMAN: The meeting was called under the standing orders appropriate for committee meetings. I am not aware of any particular discussions with Mr Corbell’s office.

MR SESELJA: What were the reasons for hastily calling a meeting to adopt the report?

MR GENTLEMAN: The meeting was called to proceed with draft variation 231, as notified in the calling of the meeting, and also draft variation 165.


MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, one of your government’s election commitments in 2004 was that you would build a dragway within 18 months. More than 12 months has elapsed since the election and only six months remain in which to fulfil your promise. Further, it has become evident that many—55 to be exact—of the government’s election promises remain unfunded. What is the status of the consultation process relating to the building of a dragway? When will construction commence on a dragway in the ACT?

MR STANHOPE: Indeed the ACT government did campaign on a dragway for the ACT, as did the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party, in fact, insisted that, if you wanted a dragway, you would have to vote Liberal, and they inundated the ACT with stickers to that effect: “A vote for a dragway requires a vote for the Liberals.” I have always found this to be one of the interesting little conundrums governments face upon election in determining the extent, degree and level of an ambit when your opponents campaign thus: “If you want a dragway, you must vote Liberal.” Then, if the people turn out in

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