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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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of. They have been developed and invented to fit a particular need in the space exploration industry. Things such as smartphone cameras, freeze-dried food, scratch-resistant lenses, CAT scans, LEDs, foil blankets—the ones we call space blankets; they are called that for a reason—home insulation and water purification systems are just some examples.

One that is a bit of a myth is that velcro was invented for the space tracking industry. It was widely used in the space tracking industry, including on the Apollo missions, to affix panels to the outside of the modules, but it was actually invented in the 1930s, I think, well before the space tracking industry. I also believe, though it could be a myth, that superglue was invented through the space exploration industry. That is something that is widely used today. There are many things that we benefit from that have been invented throughout that space exploration period from the 1960s through to today, and I look forward to that continuing.

I say thank you again to members. I look forward to hearing more about fantastic commemorative events that recognise the important role that the ACT played in the Apollo 11 moon landings, and I look forward to many events in and around July 2019 to recognise the role of the ACT and the very important and vital role that many people who are now our senior citizens played in history. I hope that they especially enjoy and participate in these events.

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Government—revenue from greyhound racing

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (10.59): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) in 2014 the ACT Government sold ACTTAB for $105.5 million;

(b) the Treasurer inflated the price in return for lower annual contributions from TABcorp to the racing industry;

(c) TABcorp made it clear that they would have been happy to directly fund the three ACT racing codes;

(d) the sale price was negotiated in an environment where three racing codes were operating;

(e) the sale price also included an ongoing contribution of $1 million indexed to CPI which is funded from turnover on the three racing codes; and

(f) 22 percent of that turnover comes from the betting on greyhound racing;

(2) further notes that:

(a) the ACT Greens often call on Government to cleanse itself of "unethical" funds and investments;


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