Page 3931 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 23 November 1993

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I understand very well the grief felt by her family at the loss. It is a very sad thing. I hope that they take some comfort from the fact that we in this chamber appreciate very much their loss. We regret very much the fact that we have lost Margaret Timpson, and we share in their grief.

MS SZUTY: I wish to express my condolence and that of my colleague, Mr Moore, at the passing of Margaret Timpson, and I extend my sympathy to Margaret's family. I will remember her best for her role in developing and promoting women's issues in the ACT, and I well remember her acceptance and her term as ACT Woman of the Year, which Mr Kaine has just commented on. I congratulate the Government on the announced initiatives in memory of Margaret Timpson. I think they are worthy initiatives and they will commemorate her name in the ACT for evermore. That is a fitting tribute to such a woman. In closing, Madam Speaker, I just wish to express my deep sympathy to the members of Margaret's family who remain.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.


ACTTAB - Contract with VITAB Ltd

MRS CARNELL: Madam Speaker, my question without notice is to the Minister for Sport, Mr Berry. I refer the Minister to the contract which exists between the ACT Government, through ACTTAB, and VITAB, which was announced in the Canberra Times on 9 November 1993. Can the Minister inform the Assembly as to whether he consulted on the terms and conditions of the contract with other TABs within Australia, and especially those which have an association with ACTTAB?

MR BERRY: Madam Speaker, the VITAB arrangement was one that we were quite impressed with in terms of the opportunities that it would present to the ACT Government. Of course, there were issues of concern about the development of that very special relationship. It is of great concern to me that the Opposition is unable to applaud or acknowledge initiatives which will allow the ACT economy to develop.

Mrs Carnell: We just asked a question.

MR BERRY: You are getting the answer. The TAB's arrangement with VITAB is a particularly encouraging initiative which will also see the ACT at the forefront of computing and communications technology. These are things that you probably are not interested in because they are positives. When the TAB brought this proposal to me I asked my officials to check a couple of issues: Firstly, is the ACTTAB legally entitled to enter into such an agreement? Of course, that was a very important one. Secondly, is there any possibility that the arrangement could lose money? I was given assurances about that - the legality and financial security of the arrangement - by the Treasury and the Government Solicitor's Office.

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