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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 1995) . . Page.. 317 ..


Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Are we in question time or are we in the middle of debating some issue here?

MR SPEAKER: We are in the middle of question time. I would also rule that, as Mr Humphries is quite happy to table that piece of paper, I do not believe that the arrangement we previously had has been breached. But I remind all members that that is a convention and I hope that it will be upheld in future. Mr Humphries has elected to table the information he has just tabled. I do ask members to hold to the convention we adopted in the last Assembly, which I hope will continue in this Assembly, that Ministers should not be asked to table papers and briefs they are quoting from.

Ms Follett: It is a convention, Mr Speaker; it is not a ruling.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, it is a convention.

ACTEW - Corporatisation

MS TUCKER: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Urban Services. Will the Minister outline what consultative processes the Government has engaged in and will engage in over the future corporatisation of ACTEW? Can the Minister outline the timeframe the Government has planned for the ACTEW corporatisation? Does the Minister believe that there is a need to rush corporatisation on ACTEW and the people of Canberra?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Tucker for her question. The answer to the last part of the question is no, there is no need for the Government to rush anything. In answer to the second part of Ms Tucker's question, the Government has discussed corporatisation with the relevant unions and will continue to do so. The Government has a timetable of attempting to get legislation into the Assembly, at least, and perhaps passed, by 1 July. If the Government is not able to do that by 1 July the wheels of government will not stop; they will continue to turn. I give a commitment, as the Chief Minister has given a commitment, that the Government will attempt to bring the unions with us. We will consult with the Independents, we will consult with the Opposition, and we will consult with any other person who is willing to be consulted with.

Acton Peninsula

MS McRAE: My question is addressed to Mrs Carnell in her capacity as Chief Minister. Last Thursday, Mrs Carnell, when we were discussing the Kingston-Acton land swap you said that you would be very happy to table the leases for organisations on Acton Peninsula, including the hospice and child-care centre. When will you table those leases?


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