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they eventually had to and now we are seeing a tripling of the cost. We saw it blatantly with issues like the GDE, where they built a one-lane road which they immediately had to duplicate because they had got it wrong. We need to think long term.

We will put in place an infrastructure plan. We will establish an independent infrastructure commission backed by a board of industry experts so that we get high-level advice to government, to the Assembly and to the community, so that we oversee the state of our infrastructure and we do not just take on the sexy projects but we take on all of the important infrastructure projects. We are spending money now. A little bit of money now will save us a lot of money in the future. That makes for good policy.

There it is: we have got the Labor Party’s approach—to see how much they can spend and not worry how much they can deliver, to not deliver an infrastructure plan—and we have got our plan on the table. I challenge the government to support it. I challenge Andrew Barr to support it because he has had very little to say on this subject, other than the fact that they can spend money very well. Yes, they can, but we want to see delivery; we want to see outcomes; and we want to see bang for the buck. That is what our infrastructure plan is about. I call on all members of the Assembly to support it.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): The time for the discussion has expired.

Estimates 2010-2011—Select Committee


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): The Speaker has been notified in writing of the following nominations for membership of the Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011: Ms Bresnan, Mr Hargreaves, Ms Hunter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth.

Motion (by Mr Barr) agreed to:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011.

Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2)

Debate resumed.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (4.23), in reply: I thank members for their contributions to this debate prior to the luncheon break. I also thank those members of the community and the industry sectors who reviewed and commented on the exposure draft of this bill. As others have commented, the final bill is better as a result of this consultation.

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