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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3768..


MR SPEAKER: This is a supplementary question.

Mr Stanhope: Just a supplementary question?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

Mr Stanhope: So, this is a supplementary question to a question I did not listen to, so I think Mr Stefaniak is asking me the question so that he can ask me the supplementary question for the question that was not a question. I was just wondering what I was answering. I will answer the supplementary question. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR STEFANIAK: I will give it to you in one hit, Chief Minister. I will just give you the question and then the supplementary question and then off you go, Chief Minister. Last week on 20 August, it was stated that the government had not asked officials to reconsider the use of block 20, section 23, Hume, for the Tuggeranong power station and data centre. That is despite the fact that the Aboriginal heritage issues have all been solved and the government has not been able to sell the land. Chief Minister, why has the government not proposed to ActewAGL that they consider use of the site for their proposal, and now that block 20, section 23, Hume, has been passed in at auction, will you continue to seek to sell the land as an industrial subdivision, notwithstanding the failure of bids to reach reserve at auction?

MR STANHOPE: I understand that negotiations are continuing for the sale of that parcel. It is not always the case that, when an auction does not proceed to sale, that means that the matter is concluded. Indeed, I understand in relation to this particular site that negotiations have continued post auction. I think that information may not have been public, but it certainly affects the whole thrust and basis of the question which the member asked.

To satisfy and round off all those issues, I am more than happy to take it on notice and provide that information to the member. My clear understanding is that, yes, the auction was not successful, but action has continued post auction for the sale of the land.

Chief Health Officer—report

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, could you provide further details to the Assembly on the Chief Health Officer's report yesterday?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms McDonald for the question. If anyone has had the opportunity to peruse the Chief Health Officer's report, they will understand how important this document is in terms of planning for the provision of health services and responding to issues that are highlighted through the report as issues that require further attention.

I thank two Chief Health Officers—Dr Paul Dugdale and Dr Charles Guest—and their teams for compiling this very informative document. To a large extent the report finds


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