Page 3533 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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three years the carbon price will be fixed, before moving to an emissions trading scheme in 2015. This will have implications for the ongoing operation of the ACT’s greenhouse gas abatement scheme and I will provide further information to the Assembly in due course. I commend the report to the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—Gaming Machine Act—Gaming Machine (Maximum Number of Gaming Machines) Declaration 2011 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2011-206, together with its explanatory statement (LR, 1 August 2011).


Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Dr Bourke, Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Hargreaves, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Seselja be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of timely delivery of roads infrastructure.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.21): I thank the Deputy Chief Minister and the Chief Minister for their interest and for their anticipation. I can see the anticipation in their eyes. Where do we start when it comes to the delivery of roads infrastructure? Have a guess.

Members interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Do not interject, please.

MR SESELJA: We could start where they would guess. You should go easy on them, Madam Assistant Speaker. You should allow them to interact on this, because I know that they want to. It will help.

Madam Assistant Speaker, we could start with WIN news about a week ago when we saw quite a good piece of journalism. It reviewed the history of the GDE. I think it was dubbed “Labor’s iconic failure”. I think that is what it was called—Labor’s iconic failure. That is where we should start—with the GDE.

When it comes to the delivery of roads infrastructure, no-one has suffered more as a result of this government than the people of north Canberra, particularly the people of Gungahlin and large parts of Belconnen who rely on the GDE as a key transport route. They have been waiting for years and years. This government, this Labor government, has failed them year after year. One of the worst policy decisions that has ever been

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