Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2005) . . Page.. 4926 ..
knows all about money, numbers, appropriation and economic management. Whenever the Leader of the Opposition stands up in this place and talks about economic management, just think “Bruce Stadium”. He was in the cabinet that took the decision on a $12 million project that cost $100 million. It is always interesting, is it not, to hear Mr Smyth talk about economic management. When you hear Mr Smyth talk about economic management, just think “Bruce Stadium”.
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the Chief Minister cannot mislead the house. I was not in the cabinet at that time. He must get his facts right.
MR SPEAKER: Withdraw that.
Mr Smyth: He must withdraw the lie that he has just told the Assembly.
MR SPEAKER: No. You imputed that the Chief Minister had misled the house.
Mr Smyth: He did. I was not in the cabinet that made that decision.
MR SPEAKER: Withdraw it.
Mr Smyth: I will happily withdraw it. You should make him withdraw his incorrect statement to the Assembly.
MR STANHOPE: Whenever you think of economic management in the context of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Smyth, think “Bruce Stadium”, a $12 million project that cost $100 million. Let us talk about the appropriation of the $12.7 million that led to the $100 million expenditure.
Mr Smyth: It is $100 million now?
MR STANHOPE: Yes, it was $100 million; read the Auditor-General’s report; go back to it. I urge everybody in this place, and I urge every Canberran, whenever they hear the Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Smyth, talking about economic management, to cast your mind back to the Bruce Stadium disaster/scandal. Think about that; cast your mind back to that. They are just a few of the highlights of Mr Quinlan’s role in the place.
Mr Corbell, similarly, has presided over a raft of the most significant achievements as Minister for Planning. Work has commenced on the planning system reform project, the first time that a major overhaul of land and planning processes has ever been attempted in the ACT. Others include the implementation of the City West master plan and the government’s groundbreaking sustainable transport plan, in particular dedicated busways from Gungahlin to the city.
It was interesting today to hear from Mr Corbell about the success of our plan and the average daily increase in bus passenger utilisation in the ACT of 2,000 passengers—an additional one million passengers carried by ACTION since we came to government. Think about the successes of our sustainable transport plan and think about those magnificent numbers.