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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2291..

MR CORBELL: Mrs Cross's question presumes that ACTAFL had something to sell. The reality is that ACTAFL did not have anything to sell and cannot sell their land because they are custodians of a concessional lease, a lease granted at a massive discount by the community for the purposes of community facility activity. They do not hold a right to trade in the land arbitrarily, nor to sell it to a third party without the permission of the territory. The reason for that, of course, is that it is a concessional lease.

Mrs Cross: On a point of order: relevance. The minister is not answering the question that has been put to him; he is simply going off on a tangent. I ask him to stick to the point. The supplementary was: what actions on your behalf were taken to ensure that ACTAFL-and I'll use your words, minister-"surrender the land to the government"at a price that was considerably lower than other offers? Refrain from the waffle.

MR CORBELL: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: that is actually not the question Mrs Cross asked me. Mrs Cross's supplementary asked me why weren't they allowed to sell it to somebody else. Mr Speaker, I am responding to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, minister.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The land is not something that ACTAFL can trade in. ACTAFL is entitled to seek my permission to transfer the site to another lessee. You have got to remember that the site can only be transferred-

Mrs Cross: No-one listens to you, Ted. Make it yours.

Mr Quinlan: You're talking nonsense, absolute rot.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Corbell has the floor.

MR CORBELL: If I can try to explain the situation to members: a concessional lease can only be transferred to another person-

Mr Smyth: Tell us about the duress.

Mrs Burke: He can't.

Mr Hargreaves: Name them.

MR CORBELL: I don't think members are interested in the answer, Mr Speaker, so I will conclude my answer.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Wood. Minister, can you indicate if there is a way through this new difficulty with the Gungahlin Drive extension? Can the work on the Gungahlin Drive extension continue in order to allow this important road to be built?

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