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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 9 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 2951..


MR WHITECROSS (continuing):

Mr Humphries's analysis does not take account of the impact that human beings have been having over mother nature, for a start. It is just the most extraordinary position by Mr Humphries. It is even more extraordinary when you consider that he has just big-noted himself by circulating to every household in Canberra a document saying what a great guy he is and how much he cares about the greenhouse gas effect. I wonder whether Mr Humphries is going to publish the speech he has just made in this place, put a big photo of himself on it, and circulate it to every household in Canberra so that they all know how much he really cares about the greenhouse gas effect.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for the discussion has expired.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO MEMBER

Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 15 to 26 September 1997 inclusive be given to Mr Hird.

AUDITOR-GENERAL'S REPORT NO. 10 OF 1997 -
PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES - LEASE VARIATION CHANGES
AND CORRECTIVE SERVICES
Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (4.59): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to the Auditor-General's Report No. 10 which has been handed down this afternoon.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank members. Mr Speaker, I have been made aware that one of the issues dealt with in the Auditor-General's report which has been tabled is the redevelopment of the Canberra Women's Bowling Club at Kingston. Members may recall that I answered two questions from Mr Moore in this place on 1 June 1995 and 19 June 1996 on that issue. As part of that answer I referred to advice from senior officials in my department about approvals to develop the site, and the commitment my party gave prior to the 1995 election to reverse a decision on the application. Mr Speaker, clearly the advice from my department's senior officers at the time does need to be reviewed because of the findings of the Auditor-General in this report. I want to indicate to the Assembly that I will review that advice and make a statement to the Assembly when next we sit if any comments I have made based on that advice inadvertently misled the Assembly.


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