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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4068..


Mr Corbell: We don't mind either way, but just watch the precedent you are setting for yourself.

Mr Hargreaves: Be careful what you wish for.

MR SPEAKER: This is rather complicated for the person who is answering the question because he cannot anticipate debate. I think the question is allowable. He cannot anticipate debate and he has got to be careful he does not traverse any consideration that the public accounts committee might give to the Auditor-General's reports. I will sit here and my guess is that points of order will be raised from time to time about the minister's response. So good luck, minister!

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. I think it is important to put on the record the government's view on the issues raised by the Auditor-General in her report into the sale of block 8, section 48, Fyshwick. As we know, we have seen the Liberal Party, Mr Snow and others consistently make a series of claims which have been designed to suggest that the taxpayer did not get value for money from the sale of this site and, further, that the marketing processes involved in the sale of that site did not achieve full value for the site. We have Mr Seselja on record inside and outside this place—

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: to that extent.

MR SPEAKER: I do not think you need to. Mr Corbell, I do not think you can go to those issues.

Mr Smyth: You just cannot touch any of them.

MR SPEAKER: You will run into anticipating the business before the committee and I think that would be inappropriate.

MR CORBELL: Well, Mr Speaker, it is an interesting precedent that you set in your ruling, but of course I abide by it. It basically means that it is impossible to ask about any subject that is put on notice through a question or a motion in this place. Nevertheless, Mr Speaker, I accept your ruling. The Land Development—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order—

MR CORBELL: It is not a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Are you raising another point of order?

Mr Smyth: The motion before the Assembly this morning for Mr Corbell talks about the sale of block 8, section 48, Fyshwick. Surely the price realised for the sale of block 8 section 48 Fyshwick—

MR CORBELL: So you don't want to talk about it now, do you?


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