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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 December 2016) . . Page.. 143 ..


Question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.26 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR: The minister for climate change is absent from question time today attending a ministerial council. I will endeavour to assist members with any questions in Mr Rattenbury’s portfolios.

Questions without notice

Gaming—Casino Canberra

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, when did your directorate first become aware of Aquis’s plans to redevelop the Canberra Casino, and what role have executives in your agency played in evaluating the proposal?

MR BARR: The exact date, I imagine, would coincide with when Aquis made public to the stock exchange their intention to acquire the Canberra Casino; that would have been when it was first made public. I will need to check with the directorate as to whether there was any contact made prior to that time.

Members who were not here in the previous Assembly might be aware that Canberra Casino was for sale for some time and Aquis, as part of an expansion of their activities—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: in Australia—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I know it is very early in the Ninth Assembly, but your interjection habits of the Eighth Assembly will not be greeted with any great favour in the Ninth Assembly. Please refrain.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: Thank you. I did perhaps invite some interjections from the former Leader of the Opposition, but he said he would only interject if I said something silly. I was simply saying—

Members interjecting—

MR BARR: I am not sure—

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, there is no encouragement in reply.


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