Page 375 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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MR BARR: I thank Ms Cody for the question. We went to the last election with a very clear vision for the city’s future and we took a progressive policy and platform across infrastructure, health, education and community service. That was a big policy agenda, almost big enough for two parties. Whilst those opposite had very little to say positively—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: and continue today in the Muppet gallery interjections that we see to this answer. They continue their negative approach to politics in this territory. Infrastructure was a clear priority for the government at the last election. Inside the first 100 days of this term we have kick started work on stage 2 of light rail. Major construction works are underway on stage 1.

Health will always be a priority for the government. That is why we have provided additional funding to combat obesity, to assist people with spinal injuries and to increase organ donation rates. We will progress major school infrastructure upgrades over the summer holiday period and we maintain our steadfast support for the safe schools program.

On environment, on social inclusion, on the arts and on urban renewal a wide range of programs and projects is already underway. The government will continue to deliver its agenda during this parliamentary term. It was a positive agenda that we took to the people and we received overwhelming support for it. We will implement that agenda over the next four years.

I anticipate that it will be opposed by the conservatives, the Australian conservative movement that misrepresents itself under the guise of the Liberal Party in this territory, the mini Bernardis over here. You will be opposing us all the way. That is a good thing because it will allow the progressive voice of this city to be heard loudly over the noisy conservative rabble that is this long-term party of opposition. This long-term party of opposition, of negativity, is a party that has nothing positive to offer this community. (Time expired.)

Planning—Curtin master plan

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management and relates to the Curtin master plan. In light of the petition with almost 2,000 signatures tabled this morning, can the minister assure the Curtin community that the government will ensure that the building approved will be consistent with the height limits shown in the draft Curtin master plan, and that these height limits will be continued in the final master plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. It is very important, as we go forward in planning for the territory, to ensure that we have all of the community’s views in place when we are doing these important pieces of work. Master planning, of course, is a very important planning process across the territory, and we have seen some fantastic, successful results from master planning as well.

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