Page 4020 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: Do you really want to go down this path? Do you want to be warned? I have called you to order twice already for answering questions when other people have the call. I remind you that I give the call and if you persist in doing this I will warn you.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, on the point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: It is not a point of order. It is a ruling.

Mr Corbell: With your indulgence, Madam Speaker.


Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, those opposite have persistently and wilfully interjected throughout question time. At no time have you suggested to the Leader of the Opposition or any of your Liberal colleagues that they will be warned for their consistent interjections. I interjected twice in question time and I am being warned, effectively. Madam Speaker, I simply draw to your attention the discrepancies in your rulings in relation to disorderly conduct in this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: I call the Minister for Planning to answer Mr Coe’s supplementary question.

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do thank Mr Coe for the supplementary. It is the result of different data sets being studied. There are two different sets of data that were looked at in regard to congestion for the future of the territory.

ACT Health—accommodation

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, today you announced that up to 1,100 staff would be moving to Woden. Why has this decision been made?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I was delighted to join with the Chief Minister today to announce that there will be a major boost for the Woden town centre in the coming year with the decision to relocate approximately 750 personnel of the ACT Health Directorate to a new headquarters location in the Woden town centre and that, combined with the Chief Minister’s announcement of a further 350 staff associated with the operations of Access Canberra, there will be around 1,100 ACT public servants calling the Woden town centre home in the coming year.

This is a really important announcement for the Woden town centre. It is really important to support jobs and to support retail activity in the Woden town centre. Along with the Chief Minister, I and my ministerial colleagues spent a significant period of time a couple of months ago talking to retailers in the Woden town centre. In particular, we listened to the views of small businesses in the town centre that have been absolutely devastated by the massive cuts to the federal public service that have hit the Woden town centre hard.

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