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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 November 2007) . . Page.. 3362 ..

needed a bridge across that river because that crossing was going to, and did, affect the viability of the village. I make no apologies for moving ahead as quickly as is absolutely possible in getting a bridge across that river.

I will get a bridge across that river, and I am not going to stop the process—quite apart from the fact that it is not within anybody’s authority anyway—just because Mr Pratt wants to grandstand and just because he is trying to rescue his mate, the soon to be former Senator Gary Humphries, who goes down to a picnic underneath a particularly unsafe bridge—and I will explain to you why in a sec or two—and promises the good people of Tharwa that he will fix their old bridge. But he also said, “I cannot promise you any money to do it.”

He can promise them money to fix Tharwa Drive—something we have already put $1 million into. But it is Mr Pratt who is saying—

Mr Pratt: I raise a point of order as to relevance, Mr Speaker. The question is not about Senator Humphries’s promises. The question is about the New South Wales RTA report and what the minister has done about that report.


MR HARGREAVES: Okay, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Let me deal with the point of order. Do you want to speak on the point of order?

MR HARGREAVES: No. I am going to talk about—

MR SPEAKER: I have to deal with it. A point of order has been raised. The question was about the Tharwa bridge. The minister is entitled to touch on political aspects of the bridge.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR HARGREAVES: Give me a chance to answer it, then.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, the question, yes, was about the Tharwa bridge, but related specifically to a specific report about it. We are most of the way into Mr Hargreaves answering and he has not touched on that report.

Mr Pratt: There are three parts to the question.

MR SPEAKER: He has a minute and 43 seconds to do something.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Do you want to have another interjection and we can wind the clock down some more? It is your call.

Mr Pratt: I just want an answer.

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