Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (4 August) . .
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, are you satisfied that this purchase was legal, and what efforts have you made to investigate this once concerns were raised by the opposition?
MR BARR: Yes, the advice I have is that the chief executive was acting in accordance with his delegations associated with the city to the lake project, that he had board authorisation in relation to the matter and that he reported the acquisition to the board. These issues have been extensively canvassed through the estimates process and otherwise, and I have no reason to think at this stage—subject to any further information being provided to me—that the chief executive of the LDA has acted in any way beyond the delegations that he has in that role.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Chief Minister, on what date was block 24 section 65 in the city brought into the project business case for city to the lake?
MR BARR: I do not have that information in front of me. I will take that on notice.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question.
MR COE: Chief Minister, did the government purchase this land to facilitate future use by the casino? What rights or options does Aquis have, or has had, regarding this block?
MR BARR: No, the government purchased the block primarily for the purpose of stormwater management.
Mr Coe interjecting—
MR BARR: However, as I understand it, it has been the subject—
Mr Doszpot interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I would like to hear the Chief Minister, Mr Doszpot, and Mr Coe.
MR BARR: of public commentary; elements of that block are adjacent to the National Convention Centre and the existing casino lease.
MR HINDER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, can you please outline your recent announcement of the consultation findings on the light rail network?
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