Page 1169 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 24 April 1990

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Tuesday, 24 April 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


School Enrolments

MS FOLLETT: My question is for Mr Kaine as Chief Minister. I draw the Chief Minister's attention to the advice of his colleague Dr Kinloch both today and on 19 April, that the Chief Minister got his numbers wrong when he said in his budget strategy statement that there were 13,000 so-called vacant school places in the ACT. Did the Chief Minister intentionally mislead the Assembly in stating that figure or was it simply incompetence?

MR KAINE: I find it rather curious that the Leader of the Opposition chooses to question my integrity on the floor of this house. I do not think that I have done anything on any occasion to warrant that, and the answer to the question is obviously no. The figures that I quoted were provided to me by the ACT Education Department. They were contained in a series of documents. I am sure that those documents could be provided and tabled if the Leader of the Opposition still questions my integrity on that matter.

Griffin Centre

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Duby as Minister for Finance and Urban Services. Considering that the Griffin Centre is situated on unleased crown land as a public facility and therefore is not currently available for any potential commercial use, can the Minister inform the Assembly what consideration the Office of Industry and Development is giving to a development proposal by Concrete Constructions Ltd to commercially link the old Canberra Times site with the Griffin Centre? Can the Minister also inform the Assembly what was the nature and substance of discussions held between the Office of Industry and Development and Concrete Constructions prior to the Supreme Court hearing in December 1988 and relating in particular to the future of the Canberra Times site?

MR DUBY: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Moore for the question. I am not familiar with the discussions that Mr Moore has alluded to but I will be only too glad to obtain the information to answer that question and get back to him. While I am on my feet I think I should use the time to put

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