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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2836..


MR CORNWELL (continuing):

The committee has decided to recommend two sites to the Government ... Kinlyside was also rated suitable for a prison site. The main difficulty with this site concerns the Government's plans to develop it for rural/residential ... The committee recommends that the Government consider either Kinlyside or Symonston as a site for the new ACT prison complex.

You have ruled out Symonston as a site for the proposed remand centre. The government has no plans, as far as I am aware, to develop Kinlyside for rural residential. Therefore, is Kinlyside under active consideration by the government as a site for the proposed new remand centre?

MR QUINLAN: As I understand from my colleague Mr Corbell, Kinlyside is still zoned as residential.

Dragway

MR PRATT: My question to the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Quinlan, concerns a new site for the Canberra international dragway. In response to a question from Mr Hargreaves, you stated that the government had made no firm commitments to the dragway and that one of Mr Stanhope's advisers had said in an email on 6 October:

The Labor Party remains supportive of dragway racing but will not make any suggestions about possible sites or funding.

Minister, you made the following statement in support of a supportive motion by Mr Corbell in this place on 30 June 1999:

If looking after the long-term interests of the airport is the Government's objective then why not set in place relocation arrangements for the dragway? Unless it is the Government's policy to have no dragstrip, there seems no reason for the Government not to do everything in its power to sort out the situation.

Alan Jones, well-known speaker, estimates that the ALP issued no fewer than seven media releases supporting the dragway. Who made the final decision on this issue-you, Minister, or Mr Stanhope's advisers? Do you wish to reconsider your answer to the Assembly last Thursday that you had made no commitments to the dragway people before the election?

MR QUINLAN: Who writes your stuff? Do I want to not say that we wrote to representatives of the dragway in October-

Mr Pratt: Do you know that I know that you know that I know that you know that I know?

MR SPEAKER: Order! If you treat question time seriously, at least we will get some coherent questions and coherent answers.

MR QUINLAN: In October 2001 Mr Stanhope's office communicated our position, not a staffer's position, that we were not prepared to make commitments in relation to land or funding in the lead-up to the election. Is that clear enough? Is that too hard?


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