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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2047..


MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I repeat that the government has not authorised the sell-down of any part of the Williamsdale holdings by Totalcare. It is a complete and utter lie on Mr Berry's part to assert otherwise.

Secondly, Mr Speaker, any failure on the part of the quarry to obtain the authority of the McDonalds to inviting in other partners is a matter that does not go to any part of this agreement or any part of the authority that the government has given. As I understand it, if the McDonalds have not been consulted, that is not a matter they have any recourse to.

Mr Speaker, the third point I want to make about Mr Berry's comments is that if there are any discussions going on between anybody about selling down any part of this asset, it is happening without the authority of the ACT government-authority which will not be forthcoming. Indeed, Mr Speaker, the authority of the Assembly is also required for there to be any sale.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point or order. I think Mr Humphries referred to what I said as being an outright lie, or words to that effect. I think he ought to withdraw that.

Mr Humphries: If it offends Mr Berry, I will withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I was not particularly offended by it but I think it offends parliamentary principle.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, please.

Questions without notice

Federal Highway

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, further to Mr Quinlan's question about the Federal Highway, I am advised that the road is being fixed as a defect under the contract. So, in fact, in this case the contractor who built the road is actually repairing it at his cost.

Auditor-General's reports Nos 3 and 4 of 2001

Publication of paper

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act-Auditor-General's Reports-

No 3 of 2001-Bruce Stadium Redevelopment-Market Research and Marketing (Second Report), dated 19 June 2001.

No 4 of 2001-Department of Health, Housing and Community Care-Peer-Based Drug Support Services Tender-1998, dated 19 June.

Motion (by Mr Moore ), by leave, agreed to:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General's Reports Nos 3 and 4 of 2001.


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