Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 May 2008) . . Page.. 1500 ..
Mr Smyth: No, no, you have to answer the question.
MR STANHOPE: to compare the way in which we have delivered—our record and our outcome—with that of the previous government. Mr Smyth, as a minister in that last government, in 1998-99 promised $87 million worth of capital and delivered $64 million. In 1999-2000 Mr Smyth promised a massive $89 million worth of capital and he improved; he increased it from his anticipated $89 million to $76 million. He only rolled over 67 per cent in 1999-2000.
Then, of course, we come to 2000-01. Look at that: from a high of $89 million promised in capital in 1999-2000, Mr Smyth and his government promised $82 million worth. They actually dropped it in 2000-01 to a massive capital infrastructure program of $82 million. Mr Smyth’s and the Liberal Party’s commitment to capital was that in the year 2000-01—not too long ago—they committed the grand total of $82 million in their capital budget and they rolled over $18 million of that. Let us compare that to 2007-08. The Liberal Party’s last year—$82 million. Just compare it with 2007-08—$420 million. We have gone from $82 million under the Liberals in 2000-01 to the budget of 2007-08—$420 million committed by this government to capital and infrastructure—
Mr Gentleman: Five times.
MR STANHOPE: Five times, 500 per cent, more. And we delivered over this last year $314 million. We have delivered more this year than the Liberal Party delivered in its last three years in office.
Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The supplementary question was prospective, not retrospective. It asked what action you were taking to improve the government’s performance. The Chief Minister has not got on to that part of the question yet.
MR SPEAKER: He is entitled to draw comparisons about performance of other governments, I think—before he comes to the punchline.
MR STANHOPE: I am drawing those comparisons. It is just remarkable that the Liberal Party, the Leader of the Opposition in this place, would stand and criticise the government for its performance or its capacity to deliver capital. The record shows that in an entire term the Liberal Party delivered less—I think about $70 million or $80 million less—than we delivered this year. There is the bald, stark comparison of commitment and capacity: the Liberal Party in its last term in government delivered less capital in an entire term than the Labor Party delivered over the last 12 months. The record speaks for itself: the Liberal Party could not run a chook raffle, let alone a major capital works or infrastructure program.
MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Minister for Planning and relates to proposed developments in the Weston Creek area. Minister, you would be aware of the