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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9976


Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (15:14): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ALBANESE: I do. In question time today, the assistant to the Minister for Infrastructure suggested that the former government and myself as minister had not funded projects that were re-announced last week for Central Arnhem Road and Arnhem Link Road, including the 'new bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek.'

I refer to the media release of 20 May 2013, headed '2013 Budget: real money for projects in the NT', which said:

Beyond Darwin, the Budget provides $90 million for our Regional Roads Productivity Package, which will:

amongst other things—

Erect a new bridge over rocky Bottom Creek along Central Arnhem Road;

This was the precise project reannounced last week by the government.

The SPEAKER: I take it that that press release was your personal press release, as you were making a personal explanation?

Mr Albanese: Yes.