Page 3010 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. We have a very clear choice as a city. We can continue with business as usual. We can continue with the development of suburbs that are further and further away from the core central services that citizens need, or we can make the change and a choice—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Hanson?

Mr Hanson: I do actually have a point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Okay, you need to say “point of order” when you stand up.

Mr Hanson: You have asked the minister to be directly relevant. The question was very specific about whether there was any additional information. The minister has answered that in part, and now I question whether he is being relevant to the actual question or not.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell has said that he received no other information but he does have time available to him. Could we stop the clock? He still has time available to him. It is a bit of a moot point. Mr Corbell is entitled, whilst being relevant and talking about the information he may or may not have received, to talk about the government’s policy.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. So we can either continue to develop in the way that we have or we can make some strategic long-term investments that change the pattern of development in our city, that allow more people to live close to the city centre, so they can have more affordable housing options.

Mr Smyth: A point of order.

MR CORBELL: They do not like it, Madam Speaker, because this government—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Corbell. You are not entitled to comment on whether someone takes a point of order. Mr Smyth on the point of order.

Mr Smyth: Under standing order 118B, is the minister now debating the subject and therefore in violation of the standing orders?

MADAM SPEAKER: Nice try, Mr Smyth. Mr Corbell, would you like to proceed?

MR CORBELL: Not now, Madam Speaker, not with eight seconds left.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question.

MR COE: Minister, on what date did the ACT government advise Infrastructure Australia that light rail was the preferred mode.

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