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just announced that, rather than an initial forecast of 45,000 passengers, the Gold Coast light rail will only carry 17,000 passengers per day. Based on your officials’ study of the Gold Coast project, including visiting the site, has the same patronage methodology been applied to the ACT project?
MR CORBELL: I am not familiar with the patronage methodology used by the Queensland government. I suggest that Mr Coe ask that question of them.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question.
MR COE: What firms are currently engaged by the ACT government to undertake research on the project?
MR CORBELL: There are a number of studies underway, some of which have been let through a competitive tender process. I am happy to provide those details on notice to the member.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, what off-peak patronage projections have been made for the ACT’s project?
MR CORBELL: Detailed assessment of patronage is ongoing. At this point in time the government has released its initial indicative assessment of peak time patronage. In relation to off-peak time, that work is yet to be developed because the key consideration in the initial development—
Mr Hanson: But you signed off on it.
MR CORBELL: Do you want the answer or not?
Mr Hanson: Yes I do, but you’re not giving it to me, are you?
MR CORBELL: Well, shut up and listen.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, I am warning you. That is entirely and unacceptably unparliamentary language. If there is a repeat of it, you will be named.
MR CORBELL: Certainly Madam Speaker, and I am glad you are drawing attention to those members opposite as well. Madam Speaker—
MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Corbell. Mr Corbell, there is an ongoing snideness in your comments about the way I chair this place, and it is unparliamentary and it is disorderly. If you have got a problem with the way I chair this place, do it in a substantive motion or keep your opinions to yourself. I drew attention to your entirely unparliamentary language when you told somebody to shut up. I think that you should be more chastened than that and you should be apologising to this place rather than trying to deflect your embarrassment onto somebody else.