Page 3114 - Week 10 - Thursday, 15 August 2013
MR WALL: Treasurer, did the Treasury office advise on the economic analysis in the August 2012 Infrastructure Australia submission? Was that advice accepted and incorporated in the submission?
MR BARR: Yes, it was a whole-of-government submission.
MR WALL: Supplementary.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Treasurer, what analysis has Treasury undertaken about the uplift on the transit corridor?
MR BARR: Extensive analysis.
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development regarding light rail. When will the ACT government be abandoning their plans to start construction of light rail in this term?
MR CORBELL: I do not know whether you can ask a hypothetical, Madam Speaker. In fact, I take a point of order and suggest that the question is, indeed, hypothetical.
MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, let me just contemplate that. What was the question again, Ms Lawder?
MS LAWDER: When will the ACT government be abandoning their plans to start construction of light rail in this term?
MADAM SPEAKER: I am sorry, Ms Lawder; I have to rule that out of order on the basis that it is hypothetical. Nice try, but I think it is hypothetical. I am not sure that you get a supplementary on the basis of that.
MS LAWDER: I could ask an alternative question.
MADAM SPEAKER: No, I am sorry. Ms Lawder is new to this place. I will give her the option of trying to rephrase the question—
Mr Corbell: A point—
MADAM SPEAKER: Let me finish the sentence before you take the point of order. I will give Ms Lawder the opportunity to try and rephrase the question. I think there have been precedents for this in the past. I think Ms Berry was given such latitude early in the piece. Ms Lawder.
MS LAWDER: Thank you, Madam Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, when will the ACT government commence their plans to start construction of light rail in this term?