Page 1100 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 8 April 2008

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Tuggeranong Parkway, William Hovell Drive and Parkes Way. Traffic lights that previously restricted traffic flow have been replaced with a system that allows traffic to move quickly and easily through the intersections.

Huge 75-tonne dozers and huge 78-tonne scrapers were used for the earthworks. During the construction, 1.1 million cubic metres of dirt was shifted and 20,000 tonnes of asphalt used. Environmental protection measures, which were developed under earlier construction packages, remained an important and ongoing component of these works. There was ongoing protection of nominated plant and animal species and heritage sites. Temporary and permanent measures to protect water quality in Lake Burley Griffin were also undertaken.

I went along that road deliberately today in the middle of peak hour traffic and it took me 17 minutes to get from the middle of Kambah to the doorway of the Assembly here, four minutes of which were spent sitting at the traffic lights at London Circuit. I understand from three reports that coming down Caswell Drive from Bruce, which was supposed to be the really heavy bit, took, door to door, 11 minutes.

Mr Pratt: I think that was the Chief Minister.

MR HARGREAVES: It was a very—

Mr Pratt: That was the Chief Minister.

MR HARGREAVES: very successful morning’s travel for commuters.

Mr Pratt: 7.00 am.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Pratt says he comes along at 7.00 am. I congratulate Mr Pratt for coming home from the party at 7 o’clock in the morning. I congratulate him, because there is nobody on the road going home after parties at 7 o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday morning.

The GDE was a very successful project and I thank the community for its patience.

Government—investment portfolios

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Chief Minister in his role as Treasurer. On 29 August 2007, the Chief Minister informed the Assembly that the review of government investment portfolios had been finalised six weeks prior to that date, around 18 July last year. Could the Chief Minister please inform the Assembly whether any shares have been divested, any shareholder votes by fund managers on behalf of the territory have been guided or any speeches in company shareholder meetings have been delivered either as a result of ethical directions issued by the government since last July or as part of the government’s response to the review of the government’s investment portfolio?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Dr Foskey for her question. Mr Speaker, I think that it would be most sensible for me to take the question on notice and provide the detail for the Assembly when I have that detail.

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