Page 2834 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, before we come to you, I understand we have further work experience students in the Assembly at the moment, particularly from Mr Coe’s office. I also welcome to the Assembly Kuk-Jin Kim from Emmaus Christian school. We are happy to have you with us.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek leave under standing order 46 to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Last night in the debate on the budget Mr Hargreaves was speaking about the Gungahlin Drive extension and said that the previous government had promised only a road from the Barton Highway through to Belconnen Way and that it was a goat track. He is incorrect. If you go to page 134, budget paper 3 2001-02, there is money in that budget for the Gungahlin Drive extension, for the Caswell Drive duplication and for the Glenloch interchange. I would ask the member to withdraw.

Mr Hargreaves: How much?

MR SMYTH: How much? It was $32 million, $6 million and $15 million against the three projects. I would ask the member to withdraw and apologise for misleading the Assembly.

Mr Hargreaves: I indicated in the speech that the Liberal Party actually allocated $32 million and I thank Mr Smyth for verifying that.

MR SMYTH: That is not a withdrawal, Mr Speaker. He is wrong and he should withdraw. You talk about raising the standard here in this place. This is an opportunity to do so. I would ask that he withdraw the incorrect information and apologise.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves has given his indication of what he intends to do. We will now move on.

Fire management unit

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3:16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the McLeod Report into the ACT bushfire disaster in January 2003 devoted an entire section to the relationship between the fire management and land management agencies;

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