Page 883 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, in the run-up to assessing this, was an assessment done of the extraordinarily large potholes in the road leading up to the boat ramp on Diddams Close, and will they be repaired?

MS GALLAGHER: As Mrs Dunne would know, potholes are being repaired right across the city. There has been damage done to the road infrastructure across the town. Those are being prioritised.

Mr Smyth: They’ve been there for a long time.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Smyth; always helpful with your interjections. At this point in time potholes are being managed with the most urgent ones being addressed. I do not know whether the pothole in Diddams Close was considered as part of the waterski trial.


MR SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge that we are joined in the Assembly today by members of the Victorian parliament’s education and training committee, chaired by Mr David Southwick MP, and I welcome you to the Assembly today. Thank you for joining us.

I would also like to acknowledge that we have a group of graduates from across the ACT public service with us in the gallery today, and I welcome you to the Assembly and wish you well with your careers in the ACT public service.

Questions without notice


MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, during your embarrassing performance on the Mike Welsh program on Radio 2CC on 8 March 2012, you said, “The police are involved,” agreeing with the host that your hands were tied and that you were confident with the way the department had handled the matter. Do you stand by those comments?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. Yes, I thought it was an embarrassing display by Mr Welsh of confected outrage. In fact—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I cannot hear the minister.

DR BOURKE: In fact, it echoed the earlier press releases put out by Mr Doszpot with further confected outrage. Mr Speaker, I am satisfied with the directorate’s handling of this matter. I have been briefed on that handling and I am satisfied with it.

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