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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2462..


MRS CARNELL (continuing):

I think earlier this year - from nine contractors to undertake the construction of the stadium. All nine companies are long-term Canberra-based companies. A short list of these contractors has been compiled and the following companies have been selected to commence to the tender phase: Civil and Civic Pty Ltd, Haskins Contractors Pty Ltd, G.E. Shaw and Associates Pty Ltd, John Hindmarsh ACT Pty Ltd, and Project Co-ordination (Aust) Pty Ltd. Tender documents for stage one works, civil excavation of the playing surface, were issued on Friday, 15 August 1997, to these companies. Work is likely to commence around about mid-September. Mr Speaker, that is a full answer.

Police Officers - Court Duties

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, during question time I answered a question from Mr Osborne and indicated that I thought the five positions other than those that were being transferred by the police out of the courts had been filled. I am informed that they are not yet filled but that they have been identified and recruitment action has commenced. Certainly, I expect all the positions to be filled, as indicated in the original press release, by 1 January next year.

PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS

MRS LITTLEWOOD: Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, I would like to mention that during question time Mr Berry made a throwaway line which I believe, even for Mr Berry, was in unbelievably bad taste. That line was that this Government caused the death of a ratepayer during the course of - - -

Mr Berry: I did not. That is outrageous.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I would have to rule that this has nothing to do with a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MRS LITTLEWOOD: I am a member of the Government.

Mr Berry: That is outrageous.

Mrs Carnell: It is outrageous if you said it.

Mr Berry: I did not say it.

MR SPEAKER: I have just ruled it out of order under standing order 46.

MRS LITTLEWOOD: You said it, Wayne.

Mr Berry: That ought to be withdrawn, Mr Speaker; otherwise it will be on the record.


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