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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4304 ..

MR KAINE (continuing):

an imaginative and far-sighted initiative. Somehow it seems to have fallen down somewhat in the implementation. The bottom line is that the problems seem to have been identified; the Government has indicated its intention to address those problems; and, hopefully, the school will have a brighter future. Mr Speaker, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 12.05 to 2.30 pm


Aquatics Inquiry

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question without notice is to the Minister for Sport, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, on 20 November, in answer to a question I asked about the connection between Leisure Australia, who operate the Civic and Tuggeranong pools, I believe, and LRM Australia, whom you have appointed as a consultant to investigate the aquatic needs of the ACT, you said:

... if you are trying to connect anything untoward between the two, I do not think you will have much luck there.

Minister, given that you subsequently revealed in a tabled answer that the majority, and therefore controlling, shareholder of LRM Australia is in fact Leisure Australia, why did you engage LRM Australia as a consultant to investigate the aquatic needs of the ACT? Why did you not find another consultant who was not controlled by an existing pool operator? Why were you and your department apparently unaware of this important fact when I asked my original question?

MR STEFANIAK: In terms of my answer on 20 November, I think the key word there is "untoward". They are two separate legal entities. Yes, LRM Australia Pty Ltd and Leisure Australia do have some connection. One has ownership of the other. I would refer Mr Whitecross to the answer I gave him in that - - -

Mr De Domenico: Mr who?


Mrs Carnell: Mr who? What is his name?

Mr De Domenico: Mr Whitecross.

MR STEFANIAK: That is right. That reminds me. I think someone rang your office, did they not, Chief Minister, and asked who was the Leader of the Opposition?

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