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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3273..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

it might get a bit crowded there, but that certainly is the appropriate site. I look forward to receiving both the work on economic benefits and the siting study.

It was a shame when the old drag strip at the airport closed. It was a facility that brought a lot of enjoyment to many people and considerable economic benefit to this territory, together with a lot of other ancillary activities.

Mr Corbell: Tell that to Brendan Smyth.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Corbell interjects. I would refer Mr Corbell to the court cases which, as I indicated yesterday, show that there is very little, if anything, the ACT government could do. Having had a look at the original contracts, which date back to the 1980s, as a lawyer I am somewhat perplexed as to how those were initially executed. However, that is unfortunately water under the bridge. I am personally very sad to see that great facility go. It is important to see whether it can be replicated and whether it is good economics to do that, and to see what is an appropriate site. Given that the siting study will probably take a couple more months, I think the final documentation will be of great assistance to whoever becomes the government after October.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act-Auditor General's Report No 5 of 2001-Administration of Payroll Tax, dated 22 August 2001.

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

That the Assembly authorises the publication of Auditor-General's Report No 5 of 2001, entitled Administration of Payroll Tax.

Older people

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (3.18): Mr Speaker, for the information of members I present the following paper:

Older people-Copy of the first implementation progress report-Towards a society for all ages: Forward plan for older people in the ACT 2000-2003-dated 30 June 2001.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am pleased to have tabled this paper today. It is part of the government's commitment to the International Year of Older People, which was 1998. In response to the challenges of an ageing population, government developed the Towards a society for all ages: forward plan for older people.


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