Page 1528 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 April 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: This line of questioning is contemptuous really of the Assembly’s time—and to be having that from a man who is moving the wrong way down the front bench, frankly. What have we seen from Mr Smyth? We have seen him as leader. We have seen a number of election losses. We have seen him as deputy leader. Now I do not believe you are even a committee chair, are you? That is how valued you are on your side.

Opposition members interjecting

MS GALLAGHER: That is what you are going to get back. That is what Mr Smyth will get back if he uses question time to be as disrespectful as he is. You will get it back, and you will get it back in spades.

Mr Hanson can only dream of a backbench like mine that have stayed committed to their constituents. You dream, Mr Hanson, of a backbench like mine. Look around. Look at your own.

Sport—ground maintenance

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Can the Minister explain why diesel is used for line marking on sportsgrounds in the ACT?

MR RATTENBURY: No, I would have to take some advice on that, Mr Seselja. It is clearly an issue where I am interested in why you want to know this. Perhaps if you want to provide me with some further details on the specific concern I can get that information and provide it to you.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, line marking on sports fields is actually my responsibility as Minister for Sport and Recreation.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, do you want to answer the question?

MR BARR: The answer to Mr Seselja’s question is that it has been a longstanding practice to use diesel for line marking on ACT sportsgrounds. The principle reasons are cost related, because the costs associated with repeatedly painting lines would be significant for sport and recreation organisations. So the government’s practice has been to utilise diesel for line marking.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, are there any environmental impacts from the use of diesel on the subsoil and are there any potential impacts on human health?

MR BARR: Certainly, the environmental impact of the diesel is that the grass does not grow in that space, thereby creating the line. In the context of where the grass does not grow, this practice has been in place for some time. I have never received advice to suggest there are any risks to public health. However, as the member has asked the question, I will seek further reassurance that there are no risks.

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