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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 4 May 1995) . . Page.. 274 ..


ACTON-KINGSTON LAND SWAP

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I want to correct a statement that I made earlier today.

MR SPEAKER: Certainly. Proceed.

MRS CARNELL: Earlier today I said that I would be able to give to the committee the exchange of letters with the Commonwealth. What I will be able to give to the committee is the letter from us to the Commonwealth and the press release that the Commonwealth issued after the agreement was reached. Unfortunately, it appears that the Prime Minister is notoriously slow at clearing letters out of his office. I am assured that the letter is in transit. As soon as I knew, I wanted to bring it to the attention of the Assembly that the press release has been issued by the Commonwealth laying out the basis of the agreement; our letter has gone; we have reached an agreement; and the letter from the Commonwealth is in transit. As soon as it arrives, I will make sure that the committee gets it.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Acton-Kingston Land Swap

MR BERRY (5.13): I am flabbergasted. I want to say something in relation to the matter. One has to take a little while to get one's lungs full of oxygen after such a flabbergasting announcement.

MR SPEAKER: I am surprised that you could hear it, with the noise that was going on.

MR BERRY: “It will be all right. We will hand over the letters. It will be fine; no worries. This is legally binding. We are bound by it; we cannot get out of it”. It will be the first contract I have ever seen committed to by press release. What a joke! How on earth could you possibly argue - on the basis of a press release, for heaven's sake - the case that you did in relation to the motion that was moved earlier? You could send a message to our colleagues in the Assembly about the weight of any of the commitments that are given by Mrs Carnell and the Liberals; but this is absolutely flabbergasting and disgusting. You have tricked the community out there. You have got them beaten down. The motion did not pass; so, you are happy. No wonder, with that sort of background!


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