Page 667 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Thank you, gentlemen!

MR SESELJA: I actually wrote to you, so why don’t you—

Mr Stanhope: On all three of them, did you?

MR SESELJA: Nice interjection, from the Chief Minister. He is really on his game.

Mr Stanhope: What, you wrote me three letters about three representations?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister!

MR SESELJA: We get it regularly and we—

Mr Stanhope: Three letters from Lanyon, very interesting.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, do not make me warn you.

MR SESELJA: We take it seriously. We do take it seriously because the people of the ACT take it seriously.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, Mr Seselja. Chief Minister, please stop interjecting and Mr Coe, please stop responding.

Mr Stanhope: I was talking to Alistair. We were having a conversation.

MR SPEAKER: If you want to have a conversation, out in the foyer.

Mr Stanhope: I apologise.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, you have the floor.

MR SESELJA: In the remaining time, it is worth touching on some of the other issues of poor service delivery that there are concerns about, and they often relate to our shopping centres and the maintenance of our shopping centres. Whether it is the issues we have raised about the Hughes shops, the Evatt shops, Manuka, Kambah or Erindale, right across the city, the other area of basic service delivery that we get consistent feedback on is the way that our local centres and some of our group centres are maintained or are not maintained and the lack of management there.

We see the parking issues. We see the parking issues at Erindale. We see the maintenance issues at Evatt. We see the maintenance issues at Hughes. We see the maintenance issues at Manuka. We can go on about these shopping centres.

People in Canberra pay their rates. They pay very high rates. In some cases, rates have doubled since this government came to office. Most of them have gone up 70 to 80 per cent. And if you are paying 70 to 80 per cent more for your rates, you expect some level of service. But they have seen that go backwards. And all they get, after

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