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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4388 ..

MR STEFANIAK: I think you might find, if you ring up the Royal Life Saving Society, they did put in a tender. They put in a tender for Dickson, I think you might find. I do not think Mr McGibbon would mind my saying that. Mr Hird, who is involved with them, will also say that.

The bubble is a contentious issue, of course, and is something that some of us old Canberrans, I suppose, have a bit of trouble coming to grips with because it is only a relatively new thing. However, the current managers of the Civic pool, where the bubble is, are keen to trial the bubble over summer. That was their wish.

Ms McRae: That is not the question. Why don't you answer the question?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Minister will answer the question as he sees fit.

MR STEFANIAK: That was mentioned, I understand, to the Government tender panel when they put in their expression of interest for that pool. Once they were successful, they indicated that they did wish to trial it. It is something that I have taken an interest in. I have spoken to a lot of people about it - people for it, people against it. People for it include people such as the Cancer Society of Australia and certain swimmers. There are certain swimmers, obviously, who are very much against it as well. It is something I have also bounced off all the members of this Government, to get their views on the proposed trial over summer. Accordingly, we are having a trial over summer. It will be monitored very closely. I will be monitoring the monthly figures from all the pools, Ms Reilly. If it is not a successful trial, the current managers will have no problem in not proceeding with it next year. I do think it is something which they should at least be given a chance to trial.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Ms Reilly?

MS REILLY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you table a list of who was invited to tender and who actually tendered, and a copy of the tender documents that were given to each of the invitees?

MR STEFANIAK: I can do the latter, I think, Mr Speaker. I do not think there is any problem with that. The other bits of information you require are probably commercial-in-confidence, Ms Reilly, but I have absolutely no problems with tabling the tender documents.

Mr Humphries: Tenders often are.

MR STEFANIAK: Tenders often are. I have no drama, Ms Reilly, with asking all the people who tendered whether they mind having their names published. Certainly, the tender document can be tabled and will be.

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