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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4822..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

hope to build and will be working on building into a network which will allow ACT companies with worthwhile products-there are some brilliant products coming out of this territory-to reach the world market.

Land auction-Mitchell

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, at the government land auction on 19 November this year, you released blocks for sale in Mitchell with the lease purpose of bulky goods retailing. These blocks were restricted to a maximum gross floor area of 3,000 square metres each. Minister, what information did you provide to potential bidders about these blocks that could possibly affect the price paid for that land?

MR CORBELL: The exact detail of the information provided to potential bidders is something that I will have to take on notice, but I can confirm for Mrs Dunne and members that the two sites released at Mitchell were of 3,890 square metres and 3,928 square metres, were both on Flemington Road and were both for the purposes of bulky goods retailing, business agency, light industry, office plant and equipment hire and/or a shop. As I understand it, both of these sites were sold. I will take the rest of the question on notice, Mr Speaker, and provide the information to Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why did you keep mum about your intention to sell an additional 20,000 square metres, potentially in two lots of 10,000 square metres each, of bulky goods retailing space in the Gungahlin town centre until after 19 November?

MR SPEAKER: There is an imputation there, Mrs Dunne. I think there was an imputation in the use of the word "mum' that the minister was deliberately keeping a secret from the community. Imputations such as that are not allowed in questions. If you want to ask the minister why he did not tell people, that is fair enough.

MRS DUNNE: I will rephrase the question, Mr Speaker. Minister, was the information that you intend to sell 20,000 square metres of bulky goods retailing space in the Gungahlin town centre made available to the bidders at the auction of land in Mitchell on 19 November?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware of the information that has been provided in relation to those sales, but I will take the question on notice and provide the information to Mrs Dunne.

Internet pornography-children

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Ms Gallagher. It deals with children's services. Minister, it is reported in today's press-actually the Australian-that children younger than 10 have initiated sexual intercourse and oral sex with other children after seeing explicit images on the internet and this "exposure to internet porn had led children to commit sex crimes against other children".

This research, a collaboration between Canberra Hospital and the Australian Institute of Family Services National Child Protection Clearinghouse, says that allowing children to


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