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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3445..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

I do not want to misquote him here, but I think Mr Moore said he did not want to enhance a sense of guilt. If that was what he said - implying that support for our regulation and a changed positioning of the information would enhance guilt in the community - that is certainly not our intention. Our intention is about information.

People have a choice. They can choose to not do what they think they should do and feel guilty or they can choose to do something different. That is always a personal choice. But what Mr Moore seemed to be saying was that if we had our regulation supported there was more likelihood of that. Well, that just seems to say that it is going to be more effective after our regulation if we are having labels put in a different position. So I am not quite clear what his argument was there. I stress that it is not about guilt, it is about informing people so that it is really clear what they are buying.

Mr Moore said that is clear anyway; that we need not worry because it is next to the expiry date. I am sure some people look at the expiry date. Lots of people do not, Mr Moore. That is not necessarily an argument either. Anyway it is clear I am not getting support for this, but it was important that we put these arguments up and I thank members for the debate.

Question resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Bruce Operations Pty Ltd

MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Notes to the 1998-99 accounts for Bruce Operations Pty Ltd reveal for the first time the extent of Canberra ratepayers' commitments, in the form of revenue assurances, to major hirers - that is, the Raiders, Brumbies and Cosmos football clubs. The football clubs will get from the revenue assurances more than $7.1m over the next three to five years. The notes define revenue assurances as applicable to corporate suite sales, stadium memberships, advertising and naming rights. Can the Chief Minister confirm that the company, BOPL, is also committed to pay the major hirers a proportion of gate revenue? Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly what is the potential quantum of that commitment over the next 10 years?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, my understanding is that the $7.1m is the BOPL commitment.


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