Page 1142 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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some of the food providers, so that kept us happy, and I think at the end we beat the lawyers table, which is always pleasing.

It was a great event and it will be on again next year. It was great to see so much support for an organisation like OzHarvest. OzHarvest is truly helping to reduce waste to landfill but, more importantly, it is putting fresh food, particularly vegetables and fruits, on the tables of people who might not necessarily get them in their diet in the ordinary way. I commend OzHarvest and support of OzHarvest to the Assembly.


MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): I would like to recognise the presence in the gallery of the Gungahlin branch of the Liberal Party. You are most welcome to your Assembly.


Molonglo Reach—access

Minister for Health—statements

Members—attendance at functions

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (6.42): I do not speak often in the adjournment debate, but I will respond in the first instance to Mr Smyth’s concerns about a response to a letter on waterskiing in Molonglo Reach. I signed the letter, I think, on Monday, Mr Smyth. I am truly surprised that you have not received it but, now that you have aired it, I will correct the record that the response has been signed and provided.

The undertaking is far more significant than was initially thought. All of the surface logs and debris have been cleared, but there is quite significant subsurface waste and logs that are difficult to identify and difficult to find. Indeed, TAMS now believes it has no option but to hire sonar equipment in order to ensure that there are no submerged logs. It is going to be a quite long and expensive exercise, and it is going to be technically difficult to do a full underwater search of all of those areas where waterskiing takes place. I am sure you can understand why it is important that we be careful and prudent. That is the reason for the delay. But the letter is, as they say, in the mail.

I will just take this short opportunity to respond also to what is a quite grubby and unnecessary continued attack by Mr Hanson on Ms Gallagher. It is quite cowardly in the context that Mr Hanson knows that Ms Gallagher is not in the building. She is on a pair and out of the building. Standing up today and repeating allegations that were made in question time and fully answered in question time really is incredibly grubby.

Opposition members interjecting

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