Page 3922 - Week 10 - Thursday, 28 August 2008

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Mr Stefaniak: What did you have for lunch? I know you can still buy them at newsagents and places like that—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stefaniak! It is important that you are here for the valedictories.

Mr Stefaniak: It probably is, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. History requires it.

MR BARR: It seems to be all about resolving a bit of a factional dispute that is emerging between Smyth and Seselja over whose candidate will replace Bill.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Question time does not provide for long statements about partisan policy. Come back to the question, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will now table the Crikey excerpt that fully outlines everything that is going on in the Liberal Party at the moment. I table the following document:

Mr Stefaniak—Resignation—Copy of article from Crikey.

In closing, I put again on record my appreciation for all of the hard work and the dedication of the students and teachers who were involved in Step into the Limelight. It is a great pity that the Leader of the Opposition has chosen to politicise and dismiss the great work that was occurring over there and everything positive in public education by putting out a petty, childish, immature media release having a go at me for being out there supporting our public schools, supporting the arts in our public schools and supporting the hard work of thousands of students and schools across the territory. Again, it shows that this man is unfit to be Chief Minister of this territory.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, when you announced the GDE construction, you told the people of the ACT that you would build the GDE on time and on budget. In fact, it was built two years late, over double the original budget, and with only one lane each way. Clearly, your government has failed on all these counts. Chief Minister, how can the people of the ACT trust you to build the duplication on time and on budget when you failed so spectacularly to deliver in your last term?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mrs Burke for the question. One interesting aspect of it, which has not been dwelt on quite enough, is that this over time and over budget notion, and the over budget notion most particularly, is a reference to the last budget of the last Liberal government. I must say I do wish that our media had concentrated on this issue a little more. The thing that is thrown around and bandied about the cost

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