Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 513..
MR PRATT (continuing):
Mr Corbell talked about consultation and dialogue, but has entirely contradicted himself by referring to a Canberra Times article. That article basically tells the AIS it is too late to influence any dialogue, so they had better accept the fait accompli and go with the government. This is not a good example of discussion. This is an example of the government's one-sided discussion about the outcome for the AIS, in the interests of honouring a so-called election promise.
Mr Corbell has demonstrated rigid inflexibility in the management of public policy. He is not taking into account all the elements of the macro picture, which, as a minister with those sorts of responsibilities, he must do.
I am not playing politics. I reject the insult presented by Mr Corbell. I reject his notion that this is some tacky blackmail exercise. There is very real concern about the future of the AIS. If they pack up and go, then be it on Mr Corbell's head.
That Mr Pratt's motion be agreed to.
The Assembly voted-
Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition) (5.18): I want to comment on a matter that was raised in question time today. That is the question of the Williamsdale quarry-a matter close to your own heart, Mr Speaker.
The Treasurer indicated today that in December the Totalcare board had decided to cease funding the losses of the Williamsdale quarry. Although he indicated that the quarry has a future-not necessarily a future in the hands of Totalcare and its present joint venture partner-I gather from the Treasurer's comments that Totalcare has some immediate concerns about the future of the quarry, and perhaps a concern that it is not going to be