Page 975 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 25 February 2009

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political point scoring. In the end, it would appear from what we have seen that there was a knee-jerk reaction from the Greens and the Liberals in relation to this. They are now trying now to back away when every single education stakeholder and every single business, community and property stakeholder who has an interest in jobs and schools in the territory has come out in support of the government's position. Now we see the furious backflips—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order on relevance, Mr Speaker: the question is about the timing of the briefing. Again, Mr Barr is meandering across the wide range of the subject.

MR SPEAKER: The point of order is upheld. Do you want to answer the question, Mr Barr?

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In the 11 seconds remaining to me, it would be my advice to the Liberals, in particular, that they go and examine the new diving boards at the Canberra Olympic pool and start rehearsing their backflips right now.

Capital works—projects

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. It is about the Treasury’s role in yesterday’s report from the Auditor-General on Fairbairn Avenue and Horse Park Drive. In the report into Fairbairn Avenue and Horse Park Drive that was tabled yesterday, the auditor found that the overall management of these projects “was not effective to deliver the projects on time and on budget”. Treasurer, why did the Stanhope-Gallagher government fail to deliver these capital works projects on time and on budget?

MS GALLAGHER: Again, I am not sure what point you are trying to make here, but the management of the Fairbairn Avenue upgrade and Horse Park Drive is the responsibility of Territory and Municipal Services. Treasury certainly has a coordinating and central role in terms of capital works projects, but this project itself lay within Territory and Municipal Services. If you are asking me—

Mr Smyth: You have not read the report.

MS GALLAGHER: If you want to be tricky—you are trying to be tricky, but if your question—

Mr Smyth: Why do I write to you for the quarterly capital works update?

MS GALLAGHER: The question is around Treasury’s role in general in capital works provision, I presume. Treasury has a—

Mr Smyth: Yes. I am asking you about Treasury’s role. I am asking you about this specific report.

MS GALLAGHER: If it is about a specific report, it needs to go to the minister who is responsible for that.

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