Page 989 - Week 03 - Thursday, 23 March 2017

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Hill, with thousands of commonwealth public servants being shifted out of the Woden town centre as a result of decisions of the Abbott government; the Abbott and Turnbull governments.

Mr Hanson: No.

MR BARR: As much as Hanson the moderate, the one person—

Ms Berry: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order. Chief Minister, sit down. We will stop the clock for you. Members of the opposition, I know it is question time; I know you like a robust debate, but the noise level is getting quite extraordinary. You showed an interest in this topic. I think the Chief Minister should be heard.

MR BARR: As I was saying, the territory government has acted quickly and decisively in response to a series of very bad decisions made by the federal Liberal government in relation to both employment in the Woden town centre and the broader economy within Woden. We have identified a number of significant projects that we can undertake that will assist Woden, not least of which has been the now completed relocation of numerous ACT government employees in the health area and in Access Canberra to new facilities, newly refurbished facilities, in the Woden town centre.

The Woden town centre master plan identifies a range of opportunities to provide new residential, retail and commercial uses. Importantly, we committed to taking stage 2 of Canberra’s light rail project to Woden. Those opposite have a pathological hatred of public transport, and now they have demonstrated once again that it does not matter how many elections they lose—

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister—

MR BARR: they continue to be opposed to public transport infrastructure and to investment in the Woden town centre.

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, your time has expired.

Mrs Dunne: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: There are clear rules in the standing orders about the timing for answering questions.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am glad you raise that, Mrs Dunne, because I was trying to get the Chief Minister’s attention and say “your time has expired” and he could not hear me because of the noise coming from your side. So would you sit yourself down, Mrs Dunne. A supplementary from Ms Cody.

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