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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 95..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

While my department has received legal advice that it is legally possible to use section 36 to transfer staff, the purpose of the proposed new section 36A is to remove any doubt about their status and entitlements.

A further amendment inserts a standard expiry provision for part 6 of the act, which covers the transfer of assets, rights and responsibilities from the ACT public service to the ACTION Authority. This amendment will require such sections to be completed by 31 December 2003.

I seek the support of all members for these urgent technical amendments, which would facilitate the establishment of the ACTION Authority on 1 January 2002. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Cross) adjourned to the next sitting.

Greenfields development

Ministerial statement

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a ministerial statement in relation to a matter that was raised at question time today.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: In question time today, Mrs Dunne asked me a question about land development costs. I indicated in my answer that I had not been advised of the $75 million figure that Mrs Dunne referred to.

I need to clarify to the Assembly that I have been advised of those figures. That has been drawn to my attention in briefs provided to me by the department, so I wish to apologise for any inadvertent misleading that may have occurred in relation to that answer.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Can the advice I asked for at question time be tabled?

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): I seek leave to respond to Mrs Dunne's request.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I do not intend to provide that advice to Mrs Dunne, simply because it is advice for the incoming government on the consideration of options in the implementation of policy.

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