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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3271..


MR RUGENDYKE: I have a supplementary question. Were all of the tender applicants on the pool project made aware that the ancillary aspects could have included a licensed club and poker machines? Did they all know that?

MR STEFANIAK: Obviously, the possibility of that is there with the successful tender. I am uncertain as to whether anyone else put in for that as well. Obviously, there was nothing to stop them putting in whatever they wanted in terms of additional facilities. It is certainly common knowledge, because one of the proposed tenderers actually went to press a few months ago with a proposal-it was not actually in Belconnen; it was fairly close-which was an all-singing, all-dancing, different sort of complex. It may well have had that in it as well, but I am uncertain. I would have to seek advice on that. But there was nothing to stop any of the proponents from putting in any other suggestions that they wanted to, because the core things government wanted, according to the competition policy guidelines set down in a report of several years ago, were the four items I mentioned-the 50-metre, eight-lane pool, the warm-up pool, seating for 800 people and the sound system.

Mr Humphries: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Farmers market

MR HUMPHRIES: Yesterday I took on notice a question from Mr Rugendyke on the farmers market being advertised and apparent ACT government support for that venture. I will table an answer, but the short answer is that QIC has advertised a proposal to develop a farmers market and advertised that this has ACT government support, but that claim is inaccurate and the government has asked QIC to withdraw any advertisements which make that claim. I table the answer. I present the following paper:

Farmers Market-Answer to question without notice asked of the Chief Minister by Mr Rugendyke and taken on notice on 22 August 2001.

Impulse Airlines

MR HUMPHRIES: I took a question on notice yesterday from Mr Corbell on Impulse Airlines and Qantas. Mr Corbell asked which milestones, if any, Impulse or Qantas had indicated they may not be able to meet. In replying, I indicated that at this stage one of the milestones would not be met but I would get back to the Assembly on the matter.

As I indicated at the end of question time yesterday, Impulse has not delivered on the regional operational headquarters facility within the required timeframe. Impulse has confirmed, however, that it intends to complete a heavy maintenance and engineering centre and that the overdue regional operations headquarters will be part of the centre. This will then deliver on this milestone. We will be advised of the timetable for completion shortly.

At this stage in negotiations, neither Qantas nor Impulse has advised the ACT that they will not be able to meet the remaining milestones. Indeed, in statements to date, Impulse has confirmed its intention to honour the agreement, and Qantas has indicated its commitment to working to meet the objectives of the territory. We are negotiating hard


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