Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 25 June 2009) . . Page.. 3047 ..
where the job will just stop. With every job I have had, you always work through until it is finished and you attempt to do it properly.
The problem here is that it does not do justice to any of these lines when none of the ministers will respond. Actew Corporation—look at the Actew line. The Actew line in the budget talks about getting water from Tantangara; it talks about the pipeline to Googong; it talks about the upgrade of the Cotter Dam.
Mr Stanhope: You support all that.
MR SMYTH: But we are going to devote 15 minutes to that—15 minutes for the water security of the ACT. That is all the government thinks it is worth. That is all the Greens think water security is worth.
Mr Stanhope: How much is in the budget for that?
MR SMYTH: These are important issues. These are issues that should be debated fully. These are issues that ministers should answer for and make the case where questions are asked.
Mr Stanhope: How much is in the budget for the Cotter? How much is in the budget for the pipeline?
MR SMYTH: You should read it. If you do not know, go and read your document.
Mr Stanhope: How much is it?
MR SMYTH: I do not know how much is in the line.
Ms Gallagher: It is not in there.
Mr Stanhope: How much is in the budget? None.
MR SMYTH: The Chief Minister says there is no money in the budget for the pipeline. What happens if we go to the Actew line? This is the point. This is a minister who does not know, yet again, what he is talking about. If you go to Actew Corporation—it is on page 437 for those who can be bothered to have a look.
Mr Stanhope: Quick, Brendan; you’ve got 50 seconds.
MR SMYTH: And I will use my 50 seconds. If you go to the first page, there is a whole series of figures. Then if you go to the notes, it says:
Included in the budget is capital expenditure for the following water security … projects:
. Enlarged Cotter Dam;
. Murrumbidgee to Googong transfer; and
. Tantangara transfer.