Page 3662 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 23 August 2011

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emergency lane—that pursuing the western route for the Gunghalin Drive extension would delay the project by two years?

MR CORBELL: Mr Coe’s question is a little bit incoherent, which is not surprising from Mr Coe. But I will do my best to try to answer it. Mr Speaker, the fact is that the government has always worked hard and diligently to deliver this project as soon as possible. As members would know, there are a range of circumstances that prevented the delivery of stage 1 because of protracted legal action and a range of other factors, including, of course, the interference run by the Liberal Party through their federal colleagues in relation to the position of both the AIS and the NCA, but we will not mention that, will we?

The government is very pleased that, following its re-election in 2008, it immediately implemented its election commitment to duplicate the road, and I am very pleased to confirm that the duplication project is being delivered on time. Indeed, we expect all duplicated roads to be open about 2½ months ahead of time. I am also very pleased to confirm that the duplication project will be delivered in accordance with the budget appropriated by this place.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what aspect of the GDE has actually run according to plan?

MR CORBELL: The stage 2 duplication has been delivered on time and on budget.


MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the minister for education. For the benefit of Mr Doszpot, education is where people learn things and get taught things.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

MR HARGREAVES: I am going to ask a question on education, Mr Speaker, something foreign to those opposite.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, this matter has been raised with you on several occasions this year, about Mr Hargreaves’s persistent and wilful ignoring of you on your directions that he be relevant to the standing orders either in his questions or in his supplementaries. When will you take action? He cannot continue to do this.

MR HARGREAVES: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, these folks over here prosecute a particular case that the questions that I might ask do not suit them and, therefore, they are out of order. Mr Speaker, I would ask you, in considering their particular case, would you please consider also the notion of frivolous points of order?

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the standing order in relation to asking questions is 117(d). They should not reflect on the character and conduct of

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