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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (21 March) . .

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Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Privilege—Alleged breach—Events at Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism Hearing of 6 November 2017—Procedural advice from the Acting Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, dated 21 March 2018.

Sitting suspended from 12.19 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Land—Dickson purchase

MR COE: I have a question for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Auditor-General found that significant concessions, worth up to $2 million, were given to the Dickson Tradies in negotiations to purchase the car park near the club on block 30 section 34. These concessions were substantially different from the original request for tender. Chief Minister, why were these concessions significantly different from the terms that were advertised to all potential tenderers in the advertisement for that block of land?

MR BARR: I refer the member to the Auditor-General's report that outlines in some detail the process post the tender evaluation panel's conclusion of the assessment of the tenders.

MR COE: Chief Minister, again I ask: when is it that you were first informed of the deal being offered to the Tradies; and were you or anyone in your office advised of the concessions being offered to the Tradies club prior to the conclusion of that deal?

MR BARR: I will take that date, and that question, on notice.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, why was the termination clause removed from the final contract?

MR BARR: The Auditor-General's report goes to that question.

Waste—recycling

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. It relates to the reports that Australia exports about 30 per cent of its recyclable materials to China, which has recently banned the import of some of these materials. How will China's ban on importing recyclable materials affect the ACT?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. Certainly I am aware that ACT NoWaste are thinking very carefully about this. The latest advice to me is that it is having no current impact and not expected to have an impact in the immediate future. I know that a number of jurisdictions around the country are having ongoing meetings and discussions about the impact, in particular with the


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