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relating to the requirements of the Casino Surveillance Authority, including employee training and casino layouts. The Bill would not permit construction to commence or a lease to be issued until the Territory Plan has been varied. I present the explanatory memorandum for the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Dr Kinloch) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 12.24 to 2.30 pm


Ministerial Travel Expenditure

MR KAINE: I address a question to the Chief Minister. Can she confirm that on her trip, at public expense, to the Labor Party conference in Hobart she stayed at the Wrest Point casino; and, if so, could she tell us how much it cost per day, at public expense, to stay there?

MS FOLLETT: Yes, I can confirm that that was where I stayed. Indeed, that was where pretty well everybody at the conference stayed.

Mr Berry: Bar me.

MS FOLLETT: Bar Mr Berry, who could not get in. I do not recall the details of the tariff, Mr Speaker; but I do know that it was met within my normal travelling allowance. I believe that I paid it in cash from within that allowance.

Casino Project

MR DUBY: My question is also addressed to the Chief Minister. It also has a casino link. I refer to the statement that you made this morning about the premium that is to be paid by the developers of the casino in the ACT. In your presentation speech this morning on the casino legislation you said, "An up-front payment of $19m will be allocated to community facilities". Will you be keeping to your commitment that money from the premium will be directed to cultural activities on section 19 in Civic rather than community facilities such as the Tuggeranong pool?

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I can certainly confirm that the up-front payment of $19m will be used for community facilities. At this point, the Government has made no decision as to how that $19m will be allocated. I should say at this point that in such close proximity to an election we will not be making that decision yet. I believe that it is a matter that is perhaps best looked at in the context of the budget next year by the incoming government.

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