Page 890 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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Ms Gallagher: I missed the last bit, sorry.

MS BRESNAN: Sorry. What is the government doing to take advantage of these conditions and not defer plantings to dry years?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not had a discussion with TAMS around the opportunities for new plantings. There have been some plantings already this year—or certainly in the time that I have been TAMS minister. We are doing our GPS tracking of new young trees so that we can get a very accurate understanding and mapping of watering and looking after them from a very young age. I will see if there are some views from TAMS around opportunities to plant more trees during this time. It is not something that has come across my desk or indeed that I have had a conversation on. I am sure that if the good staff in TAMS who implement this program believed that there were opportunities, they would be taking them. But I will come back to the Assembly on that.

Canberra—birthday celebration

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, at Canberra’s 99th birthday celebrations last week, the Australian Prime Minister made a statement regarding the commonwealth’s support for Canberra as the nation’s capital. Chief Minister, how important is that statement to Canberra as it moves forward and towards its centenary year and then, of course, into its second century as a city?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. It was, indeed, a great honour to have the Prime Minister join me and lots of other Canberrans last week to mark Canberra’s 99th birthday. It was great to see a number of members from the Assembly in the audience. Unfortunately, no-one from the Canberra Liberals were able to attend such a significant occasion for Canberra and for Canberrans.

But it was lovely to share that time in the courtyard of the Museum of Australian Democracy full of Canberrans who were there celebrating the birthday of our city. I think it is fair to say that in the past—

Mr Hanson: That is a snide comment, Katy; a snide comment.

MS GALLAGHER: Coming from you, Mr Hanson, what a classic!

Mr Barr: Brendan was acknowledged and he wasn’t there.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I did acknowledge Mr Smyth. He was not there but he got the acknowledgment.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: One would have thought that perhaps the Leader of the Opposition—could have or might have thought that this might have been an occasion—

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