Page 1781 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 4 May 2011

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Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:


(1) that, in relation to the Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE) Stage 2:

(a) it was scheduled to be completed by June 2012 at a cost of $85 million; and

(b) construction is progressing well, is ahead of program, within budget, and is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011;

(2) that the following information about the completion of GDE Stage 2 is on the website:

(a) the Belconnen Way section is now complete;

(b) the bridges over Ginninderra Drive, Belconnen Way and Ellenborough Street are now complete;

(c) the Glenloch Interchange is under construction with completion expected in June/July 2011; and

(d) the remainder of the road duplication between Aranda and the Barton Highway is under construction with completion expected late 2011. Landscaping upgrades will follow;

(3) the total cost of the GDE, Stages 1 and 2 will be $194 million; and

(4) that this new road has been delivered similar to many other new roads to be built in the ACT under self-government, as a single carriageway to be duplicated later as funds permitted.”.

This actually reflects the truth of the matter rather than the fiction that is contained in Mr Coe’s motion. I commend my proposed amendment to the Assembly.

In relation to the work of art, the work that Mr Coe was incredibly critical of, I just make this point. The artist is one of Australia’s leading and most esteemed sculptors, Richard Goodwin, whose most recent commission was a work of art at the War Memorial for our national servicemen. It is the same artist. I doubt, Mr Coe, that you would scorn that work in the same way that you have scorned his other work. (Time expired.)

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2 pm.

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