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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3262..

(1) In January 2004 the make good payment was made for GIO House. The remainder of the budgeted amount has been allocated to the make good payment for areas vacated in Allara House in Allara Street.

(2) The GIO House make good payment occurred in January 2004 and the Allara House make good payment will be made in June 2004.

(3) See answer 2.

(4) The original sub lease for GIO House expired on 31 January 2003. To meet government accommodation requirements the lease at GIO House was extended for a further 12 months and expired on 31 January 2004 after which the make good payment was made to the lessor. Make good payments are made in lieu of paying for the removal of all fixtures and fittings that are not required and are financially settled at lease expiry.

(5) Lease changes have been made with the agreement of the building owner.

Bushfires-emergency declaration

(Question No 1563)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 25 May 2004:

(1) In relation to the declaration of a State of Emergency on 18 January 2003, was a meeting formally convened to consider a declaration of a State of Emergency; if so, who convened it;

(2) If a meeting was formally convened, at what time was the decision made to convene the meeting;

(3) Were you invited to come to attend that meeting;

(4) If not, why not;

(5) If so, why didn't you return from leave given that the meeting was of such critical importance;

(6) What representations did Commander Mandy Newton or other police officers present at the Emergency Services Bureau make before the meeting of the need for a declaration of a State of Emergency and when;

(7) Was John Murray, the Chief Police Officer of the A.C.T. formally invited to attend the meeting to declare the State of Emergency or did he arrive at the Emergency Services Bureau to press the case for a declaration of a State of Emergency;

(8) If he was formally invited, (a) who invited him and (b) how;

(9) What preparations were made between 15 January 2003 and 18 January 2003 by the Emergency Services Bureau for the possible declaration of a State of Emergency over the weekend;

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