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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 8 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2629..


Acton Peninsula - Demolition of Buildings

MS REILLY: My question is to the Chief Minister. Will the Chief Minister table, by close of business today, all correspondence received by the Government Solicitor and/or the Chief Minister's office from legal representatives concerned with matters arising from the demolition of the old Royal Canberra Hospital, in particular concerns raised about the Smethurst inquiry?

MRS CARNELL: Absolutely not.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Bruce Stadium Redevelopment

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, it was drawn to my attention during the lunch break that I may have inadvertently misled the Assembly over the matter of Bruce Stadium. We always check past Hansards and it seems that on 26 June I told the Assembly, "The Bruce Stadium proposal has a full exposure for the ACT Government of $12.3m". Mr Speaker, the full funding arrangements for Bruce Stadium have not yet been finalised, as the Assembly has also been told. The total amount appropriated for the redevelopment is $12.3m. This figure has been published in the budget. Of the remaining $15m to make up the full estimated cost of the redevelopment, it is proposed that $7m be financed by a loan taken out by Bruce Stadium management. I stress that the Government will not borrow that amount. It will be borrowed by the Bruce Stadium management. I understand that that information was given to the P and E Committee when they looked at capital works.

The Government may end up guaranteeing that loan. However, that has not yet been decided or the information has not been finalised, as has been explained to the P and E Committee. In other words, based on current decisions, the total funding from the taxpayer for Bruce Stadium redevelopment will be $12.3m. However, given that there may be additional exposure of $7m to guarantee a loan by Bruce Stadium management, my answer to the question on 26 June may prove to be incorrect at some future time. Mr Speaker, on the basis of us always wanting to ensure that the Assembly understands definitely, I think that is important information.

ACTEW - Electricity Purchases

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, yesterday I took on notice a question from Ms Horodny about the greenhouse targets being set by the ACT and the proposed announcement date for the ACT Government's greenhouse gas target strategy. She asked me specifically what the ACT was doing to develop greenhouse gas emission records or totals.


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