Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 April 2008) . . Page.. 1202 ..
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Mulcahy. Thank you for advising me that this question was going to be asked so that I could get you some information. I am aware of a submission that was put to the Remuneration Tribunal by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly. I am happy to table the following paper:
Overseas travel allowance—MLAs—Submission to the Chair of the Remuneration Tribunal by the Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 18 March 2008.
MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, some time ago the ACT government and the commonwealth government reached an agreement to undertake various actions to facilitate the implementation of the Griffin legacy along Constitution Avenue. Since that agreement was reached, the Rudd government has announced that the $46 million that was to fund these capital works had been cut from federal spending. Chief Minister, what elements of the agreement have been completed or are proceeding and what elements have been scrapped as a result of the cut of $46 million?
MR STANHOPE: The ACT government, through ACTPLA most particularly, has been working for an extended period of time with the commonwealth, particularly through the NCA, on a refresh and revision of the Griffin plan, as Mrs Burke has just indicated, with a new version of Burley Griffin’s vision for Canberra. It is a tremendous plan that has been broadly supported by the Canberra community and certainly has been supported by the ACT government and by the commonwealth.
One aspect of that—and it is only one aspect—to which I will restrict my answer is the issue of Constitution Avenue because there are many other aspects of the Griffin legacy, particularly in relation to West Basin, in relation to Lennox Park, in relation to other aspects of the Parliamentary Triangle of Canberra that continue.
To the extent that Mrs Burke asks broadly, “What aspects of the Griffin legacy are continuing?”, it is fair to say that at this stage they are all advancing. The question is, of course, whether the resource has been applied and the timing that relates to the advancing of all those different aspects of the Griffin legacy—whether it be in relation to Lennox Park and the Albert Hill precinct, whether it be in relation to West Basin, whether it be in relation to City Hill and London Circuit or whether it be in relation to any area of designated land in the territory. Those aspects of the Griffin legacy that affect those particular issues are there and will be continued.
Mr Smyth: They are all continuing and running?
MR STANHOPE: They will continue. The simple, straight and quick answer to the question is that there is no aspect of the Griffin legacy which does not remain current. I could leave the answer there if you wish. That is the answer to the question. There is no part or aspect of the Griffin legacy that is not extant, is not relevant and will not continue.