Page 3088 - Week 10 - Thursday, 15 August 2013

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MR COE: Maybe he would do a better job.

Mr Hanson: He thinks so. He thinks he would.

MR COE: Maybe he would do a better job. Maybe Minister Rattenbury should, in fact, be the minister responsible for this project.

Mr Hanson: That’s what he thinks.


MR COE: However, I would not be surprised if the Treasurer thinks otherwise. In fact, the Treasurer probably quite likes the idea of Minister Corbell doing such a bung job when it comes to selling this project because then it will be easier to get a backflip. A backflip in March next year is my tip. Mr Hanson thinks maybe a little bit later.

Mr Hanson: At the budget.

MR COE: Who knows; who knows.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sit down for a minute. Stop the clock, please. Mr Coe, will you please address your remarks through the chair? You are not having a conversation with Mr Hanson. Thank you.

MR COE: Sure, Madam Deputy Speaker. I would be curious to know whether Madam Deputy Speaker has a view about the backflip date on light rail. Perhaps Minister Burch has a view. Minister Burch could be waiting at the Tuggeranong tram stop for a while, I think. I am afraid the real-time information for a tram in Tuggeranong is about 13 years away.

There are so many questions about this project that have to be answered if the government is going to go ahead with it with some responsibility. At this stage the opposition has no confidence that the ACT government is spending money properly on this project. We will continue to ask questions and do the job that the opposition is meant to do when scrutinising government expenditure.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (11.14): We have heard some really interesting commentary from those opposite on this matter. Perhaps it is Jeremy Hanson’s political wet dream that somehow the government is going to fall and he is going to slip into the role of Chief Minister—

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, will you resume your seat? Mr Smyth on a point of order.

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