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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3363..


Kippax pool and fitness centre

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. In relation to the Kippax pool and fitness centre, can the minister inform the Assembly whether his department is monitoring the progress of the landlord's action in response to the closure of the centre at the direction of WorkCover, and what work has been completed to bring the centre up to appropriate OH&S standards?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, the information I have here is that the pool and fitness centre was closed recently due to repairs and maintenance issues. PALM has written to the lessee and, in accordance with provisions in the lease, has given six months notice to the lessee to maintain, repair, and keep in repair the premises to the satisfaction of the territory. Failure to repair, in accordance with the lease, could lead to the termination of the lease. We will monitor the situation.

MR RUGENDYKE: I have a supplementary question. Has the landlord of the Kippax pool and fitness centre made any attempt, approach or application to government to vary the use of the lease since the centre was closed?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I will have to take that question on notice and get the answer for the member.

TransACT

MR WOOD: My question is to the Chief Minister and is on TransACT. Chief Minister, in this morning's Canberra Times the chairman of TransACT, Mr Service, is quoted as saying that the government had "been fully briefed" on Actew's further financial commitment to TransACT, yet last week you told the Assembly that cabinet's decision to allow the Actew board to make its own judgment about the investment was based on the inadequacy of the information that was available to you at the time, on short notice, to replace your judgment for theirs. Chief Minister, who is right? Is it Mr Service, who maintains that you were fully briefed, or is it you, having said that the information was inadequate?

Mr Moore: Have you stopped beating your wife?

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, it is a "when did you stop beating your wife" type of question. I do not have the article in front of me, but I do not think that Mr Service said in the Canberra Times today-you might have the article in front of you, Mr Wood, and can check it-that the government was fully briefed as of the end of June when it was asked to make that decision.

Mr Wood: He did, yes.

MR HUMPHRIES: He did, did he? Can you quote that in any supplementary question that you ask? I do not believe that he said that. I read the article as well. It did not seem to me to say that. I am not going to answer the question, with great respect to Mr Wood, on his assertion that the article said certain things unless I have the article in front of me and I can see what it actually said. I do not believe that that is what Mr Service said. If


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