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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4514..


SC 275 of 2001- ADJR proceedings; no damages sought.

SC 323 of 2001 - Civil claim; damages sought $5,183.

SC 377 of 2002 - ADJR proceedings; no damages sought.

SC 705 of 2001 - Civil claim; damages particularised at $40 million.

SC 882 of 2000 - Defamation claim; damages sought approximately $50,000.

SC 604 of 2001 - Defamation claim; damages sought approximately $50,000.

SC 306 of 2001 - Civil claim; damages sought approximately $30,000.

SC 824 of 2001 - ADJR proceedings; no damages sought.

SC 224 of 2001 - Civil claim; damages sought approximately $100,000.

These are simply legal claims. There is certainly no guarantee that the claims will be resolved in favour of the claimants, let alone that the courts will award the amounts of damages sought. In particular, the claim for $40 million sought under SC 705 of 2001 is an ambit claim.

(3) Are there any contingency plans in the Government's budgetary process to cover the costs of this litigation and any resultant damages ordered by the courts?

Yes. Page 74 of the revised 2002-03 Budget Papers includes an additional Government payment to WorkCover of $400,000 in the 2002-03 financial year for regulation of the Dangerous Goods Act 1975. This amount is intended to cover additional security and legal costs associated with the regulation of fireworks.

Red Hill-property damage

(Question No 303)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to problems affecting properties in Golden Grove, Red Hill and the surrounding area:

(1) What action does Planning and Land Management (PALM) propose in regard to problems arising in relation to complaints about structural damage to the property at Block 17 Section 14 Red Hill.

(2) Are you satisfied that PALM exercised its responsibilities in regard to (a) the initial construction on this site and (b) subsequent complaints lodged.

(3) Was proper procedure followed in ensuring appropriate certification of the building.


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