Page 2410 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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This is a very important project for Belconnen and a great outcome for people who live in Scullin.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, is it true that the enrolled number of voters in Scullin is more than the total number of votes that Dr Bourke got across 27 suburbs?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order. Ms Hunter, a supplementary?

MS HUNTER: Minister, with your astounding knowledge of shops and parks across the electorate of Ginninderra, could you give us a schedule of upgrades of shopping centres across Ginninderra that you are planning to do in the next one to two years?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Hunter for the question, and the answer is yes.

Planning—north Weston ponds

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I refer to the Auditor-General’s report on the north Weston ponds. The Auditor-General forecast that the revised design for the ponds will cost $43 million, which is 109 per cent more than originally budgeted and a much smaller pond will result than originally specified. Minister, why will ACT taxpayers be paying more and getting less in this project?

MR CORBELL: They will not be getting less. They will be getting a great project that delivers alternatives to potable water supply to irrigate our playing fields, sportsgrounds and parks in places like the inner north and around Mitchell. We will continue to get the outcomes we need from this project.

I note that the Liberal Party is seeking to inflate the figures associated with the total cost of this project by including about a third of the total cost as funding provided by the commonwealth government. So we have this situation where we have got this artifice being created by the Liberal Party where they try to assert the cost blow-out—

Mrs Dunne: No, not the north Canberra ponds, the north Weston ponds.

MR CORBELL: The north Weston ponds? I beg your pardon, Mrs Dunne.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

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