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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1868..


Mr Wood: Not to advise you about problems?

MR HUMPHRIES: Indeed. Perhaps it was to advise me about problems. Perhaps he has effectively done that, but I do not know. Certainly, it has been given to me, Mr Speaker. This sounds very much like a re-run of yesterday's question. I answered yesterday as to why it is not being released at this stage. I repeat again that it will be tabled at the first available opportunity.

MR WOOD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. If the Chief Minister has an idea of when the coronial report will be presented, when does he expect that it will be made public?

MR HUMPHRIES: That is a matter for the Attorney-General. I do not know, but I will take that question on notice and see if I can find out.

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

Totalcare

MR HUMPHRIES: To continue with the Williamsdale quarry issue, on Wednesday Mr Berry asked whether Totalcare, through its joint venture company Williamsdale Operations, tendered for the Canberra Airport runway upgrade, and if not, why not? The answer to the question is no, it did not tender for the Canberra Airport runway upgrade. The reason is because neither Totalcare nor the Williamsdale hard rock quarry were invited to tender. Canberra International Airport Group went to a select tender process, inviting only those companies with a demonstrated track record, excuse the pun, and capability in upgrading airport runways. Neither Totalcare nor Williamsdale have the experience, the expertise or capability in this highly technical field. I am advised that Williamsdale would welcome the opportunity to supply aggregate and road base to the successful tenderer.

State of the Environment Report 2000

Government response and statement by minister

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the government's response to the Commissioner for the Environment's Australian Capital Territory State of the Environment Report 2000. I ask for leave to make a short statement in relation to this report.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I am pleased today to table the government's response to the ACT Commissioner for the Environment's Australian Capital Territory State of the Environment Report 2000. It is a requirement of the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993 that the commissioner, Dr Joe Baker, prepare and present to the government a report on the condition of our environment at regular intervals.


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