Page 1798 - Week 05 - Thursday, 2 April 2009

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MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Doszpot: You’re a joke, Jon. You’re an absolute joke.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you might want to withdraw that one as well, in the spirit of the conversation.

Mr Doszpot: In the spirit of the conversation, I will withdraw, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, would you like to ask a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why will you not publicly apologise for the comments you made to Mr Seselja and me? I would like to take into account Mr Stanhope’s apology for accusing us now of pommie bashing as well, which we certainly did not take any part in. I totally reject any assertion that we have.

MR BARR: Mr Speaker, I did apologise yesterday to Mr Seselja and Mr Doszpot or any member of the Liberal Party who took personal offence. My comments were in response to what was a vicious attack on British care and protection workers perpetrated by the Liberal Party.

Mr Hanson: It had nothing to do with it.

MR BARR: It had everything to do with it. I repeat again: the only ethnic slurs that have occurred in this Assembly this week were perpetrated by the Liberal Party against British care and protection workers.

Transport—light rail

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Chief Minister and concerns the ACT government’s commitment to its stated top infrastructure priority of light rail. Chief Minister, in reply to my question on 9 December about the PricewaterhouseCoopers light rail study, you stated:

I am hopeful that it—

that is, the study—

will be submitted to the government sooner rather than later … I am more than happy to provide the final report to members of the Assembly, and indeed to the public, when received.

Several months have since passed and the funding announcements from Infrastructure Australia are now imminent. Can you please inform the Assembly if updated or finalised documentation was sent to Infrastructure Australia in support of the territory’s light rail bid? Can you table that finalised study document in the Assembly before the end of the sitting day?

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