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Canberra Liberals sabotage ACT over roads funding?

By johnboy 26 September 2005 4

When you’re locked in hard negotiations with the Federales on Auslink road funding the last thing you need to get a good deal is sniping from the Opposition.

So what motivated Steve Pratt to do just that?

Was it scoring cheap points at the expense of the ACT’s interests? Or was he trying to ingratiate himself with the national Liberal Party at the expense of the people of the ACT?

As this Assembly progresses I find it more and more impossible to consider voting for these people.

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colsim 3:48 pm 28 Sep 05

I was just trying to find his middle name, I assume its D. At least his email address is pratt@parliament 🙂

simto 12:58 pm 27 Sep 05

Yep, but screaming “Sign, sign, why haven’t you signed yet, we might not get any money” when you’re in the middle of a negotiation process doesn’t make Pratt look particularly bright.

That would probably be because he isn’t particularly bright, though…

bonfire 12:53 pm 27 Sep 05

jb – i believe this is called ‘holding a govt accountable’.

of course the pratt version and hansard may not be the same.

pollbludger 9:21 am 27 Sep 05

ABC Online says this

Roads funding negotiations ongoing: Hargreaves

The ACT Government says it is negotiating with the Commonwealth to ensure Canberra gets the best deal for roads funding.

The Opposition says the ACT is at risk of losing $2 million worth of Auslink funding if it fails to sign an agreement with the Federal Government soon.

But Urban Services Minister John Hargreaves says the Territory and other states are working with the Federal Government to secure the funding.

“The negotiations with the Commonwealth with respect to all of the states have not been completed – the ACT is not the last jurisdiction to sign up,” he said.

“We continue to see if we can’t press the Commonwealth Government to give us more funding for our roads, particularly the Majura Road [to] turn that into a parkway.”

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