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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3836..


MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do not know. I will take the question on notice.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, yesterday in an answer to a question on this issue you indicated that you believed there was no need for a further review of the tender processes adopted by the GDA in relation to the Yerrabi Ponds release. You indicated that your view would be subject to further legal advice on the issue being obtained by the GDA. Will you make this legal advice available to the Assembly once it has been received by the authority?

MR HUMPHRIES: I did not say that there would be no need for a review. I said there would be no need for an independent review. There may well be a review of some sort internally over the matter, but that is a matter I cannot comment on until I have seen the advice of counsel and considered the views of the GDA. I am happy to make the advice available, provided there are no commercial - in - confidence implications that might prejudice the position of the GDA. Of course, it is quite possible that it will conduct negotiations with tenderers in that process, and I would not wish to place on the table any information which would be of disadvantage to the GDA. However, I will take the question of openness about this as far as I can take it and make the information available if I possibly can.

Legislative Assembly Art Works

MR OSBORNE: My question is also to the Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts - I think it is my first arts question ever. I also ask this question on behalf of Mr Rugendyke, Mr Hird and every person who inhabits our part of the building. Minister, for some time there has been a collection of what people tell me is art hanging on the walls next to our offices. One of them is titled An auspicious symbol. For those members who have not seen it, this piece of art depicts what were once footballs that look like they have been run over by a lawnmower. Also next to the door of my office there is an odd looking tree with ears hanging from it. Minister, we have received a number of complaints from constituents, and the groundswell of complaints has reached a crescendo. My question is this, minister: how do we get them moved?

MS CARNELL: This is a question for the auspicious arts committee of the Legislative Assembly with which, of course, the Speaker is very much involved. If the Speaker would like some advice on this: I have a really great collection of football guernseys that are available for use. I am sure that Mr Osborne has signed one of them so no doubt he would like that outside his office. It is available at a cost to the Assembly and I am very happy to make my other football guernseys available. Mr Speaker, I am sure you would like to take on board the question of taste in respect of the art that the Assembly buys.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, minister. I do not know whether you have offered to have the guernseys washed before we hang them.

Proposed New Remand Centre

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Can the Chief Minister say whether a fast - tracked remand centre will compromise the consolidated architecture of the new prison. In particular, will the infrastructure for the final prison - for example, kitchens and laundries - be constructed at the same time as you do the remand centre?


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