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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 710..


MR CORNWELL: Yes. I heard your statement. Did you refer your concerns about the so-called tent embassy to the NCA during your negotiations, when you wrote to it about these matters, and will you table the correspondence please?

MR WOOD: I did not do any negotiating myself. The officers were the ones involved. That was who handled it. It was handled effectively, obviously, and worked through. No, I did not handle the matter at all. It was a proper process to be worked through. We do things sensibly and properly on this side of the house.

Mr Cornwell: What about the correspondence, Minister?

MR WOOD: That is departmental correspondence. It may be in a variety of forms. I will see what might be available and, if I think it appropriate, I might release it.

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

Police

MR QUINLAN: During question time I took a question from Mrs Dunne in relation to the number of police committed. I understand that before the election the Liberal Party promised an additional 10 policemen. At a later date, about 2 October, the then Treasurer issued some updated estimates figures, which became the basis for debate during the election campaign.

We had committed to an extra 30 policemen and you had committed to an extra 10.

Mr Humphries: Not in that statement we hadn't.

MR QUINLAN: Before that statement.

Mr Humphries: No.

MR QUINLAN: Factored into that statement.

Mr Humphries: No, not as part of those figures. It was a separate election promise.

MR QUINLAN: Well, let me just say that, as I understand it, the 20 that Mr Gerritsen was referring to is a marginal 20 over the 10 that you had committed. Therefore, 10 plus 20 equals 30-it ain't rocket science. That is as I understand it. If we need to confirm it, we will do so. But I understand-and as I recall it, and I don't recall every last line in that thing-that we were debating before the election on the basis of statements put out by government which incorporated some of the commitments that the government had made, and that were issued on about 2 October.

Latham shops

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to clarify a response which I gave in question time last Tuesday to Mr Hargreaves' question on the Latham shops. In response to Mr Hargreaves' question on the Latham shops, I said, "I am advised that the demolition


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