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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5279 ..

That Mrs Dunne’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 5

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Doszpot

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Ms Hunter

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.34 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Acting Chief Minister. Minister, recently the ACT government announced that it would make direct grants of land to Supabarn, thereby excluding Coles, Woolworths, IGA and others on some sites. The government says that this policy is designed to create more competition in the grocery market for Coles and Woolworths, who are dominant players in the market. Minister, what conditions have been placed on the direct grants in the event that Supabarn is sold either to Coles or Woolworths?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not believe that the direct grants of land have been made. We have signalled our intention that that is what we intend to do. I am sure that someone will correct me but I do not believe that those direct grants have been made yet. So the conditions would not be specified at this point in time.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what contingency plans will the ACT government be preparing in the case of the ownership of Supabarn changing?

MS GALLAGHER: It is a bit hypothetical, I think. The direct grants have not been made; Supabarn has not changed hands. This is something that the government will consider when and if both of those events occur.

Mr Hanson: Isn’t that part of your planning process?

MS GALLAGHER: That would go to the conditions of the direct grant of land, wouldn’t it, which have not been made.

Mr Seselja: Indeed. So are you putting them in the conditions? That is the question.

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