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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4910..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, the committee recommends that the Assembly accept the report and its recommendations.

MS DUNDAS (10.17): Just briefly, I wanted to echo some of the comments made by the chair in relation to draft variation No 130. It was not just an issue of the amount of time that the committee was given to consider this draft variation. I think it was a problem of a predetermined outcome. The outcome of draft variation No 130 was already included in the land release program, and that did not necessarily provide the community with great confidence that anything we said would be considered as the final variation was put down, because what the government wants to do with the land is already there in black and white as part of the land release program.

If we are going to have processes in this place that involve a statutory requirement for committees to examine variations, to examine legislation, to look over things and consult with the community, then let us allow those processes to take place without a predetermined outcome, without the government indicating that the work of the committee is for nought.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Business awards

MRS BURKE (10.18): Mr Speaker, today in question time the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Mr Quinlan, was asked a question by Mr Hargreaves in relation to his trip to the USA. I would like to take this opportunity to formally and sincerely thank Mr Quinlan for inviting me to join him for part of this trip at least. I was just interested, though, in Mr Quinlan's response.

I had an absolute whale of a time over there, being with the businesses that went representing the ACT. They were an energetic bunch of people, and I just thought that Mr Quinlan maybe did not display the same enthusiasm that I do. That is different people, I guess, but maybe he was just tired today.

I was delighted to have been a part of the delegation, and to have had the honour and privilege to be present at the ANZATech, the Australia, New Zealand, America Technology conference, and to actually cheerlead some eight Canberra businesses who displayed their wares in a most professional manner.

The businesses had to showcase their product over two days, and there were some 43 businesses in total. I must give a big pat on the back to Mr Greg Wood from Australian Business Ltd, who did a fantastic job of coaching our ACT businesses. They did a wonderful job and really did the ACT proud.


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