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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2044..


Mr Moore: No.

Mrs Burke: You are drawing a long bow, Wayne.

Mr Humphries: It is a long bow, Wayne.

MR BERRY: The letter said:

Totalcare's holding no more than 50 per cent-

not one per cent more than a 50 per cent-

interest in the proposed unincorporated joint venture with Mitchell Mini-Mix and possible CSR Emoleum; and

According to an answer given by the chair of Williamsdale quarry, we know that discussions are being undertaken with CSR and Boral. So, Mr Speaker, it is pretty clear that the authority has been given and the discussions are happening. The letter goes on to state at another dot point:

Satisfactory due diligence being completed on the potential joint venture partners.

It is satisfying to see Totalcare working closely with other local businesses and I would like to offer my best wishes for a profitable venture and a safe and successful future for the Williamsdale quarry.

That is signed by Ms Carnell and, of course, by Mr Humphries as the Treasurer. I emphasise the words "Totalcare's holding no more than 50 per cent". They cannot hold any more than 50 per cent but they can hold less. So the authority is there. According to evidence I have seen from the head of the Williamsdale quarry, there is commercial-in-confidence discussion going on between Boral and CSR. So, Mr Speaker, I am quite happy to table that letter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR BERRY: I present the following paper:

Williamsdale quarry-Proposed joint venture-Copy of letter from Kate Carnell MLA, Chief Minister and Gary Humphries MLA, Treasurer to Chairman, Totalcare Industries Ltd, dated 24 January 2000.

Personal explanations

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): Mr Berry has tabled the letter and the motion has been disposed of, Mr Speaker. I seek leave to make a statement in respect of this matter.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, the letter which Mr Berry has tabled and quite disingenuously suggested is evidence of the fact that the government was planning or


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