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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4795 ..

Report and Statement

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 18 of 1996 of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation, and I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MS FOLLETT: Report No. 18 of 1996 contains the report on the committee's consideration of the Land Acquisition (Northbourne Oval) Bill 1996. I commend the report to the Assembly.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.38): Mr Speaker, I move, pursuant to standing order 77(d):

That Executive business be called on.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Debate resumed from 10 December 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MS McRAE (11.38): Mr Speaker, we are disappointed that this move has to be taken, and we are disappointed that it has to be taken in such a rush this week; but we see it, at the same time, as a logical application of lease management in the ACT. Having said that, we insist that the Minister make absolutely crystal clear why this move has to be taken, what the benefits are to the ACT, and what the real reasons behind the move are.

Not only is the apparent misuse of the lease in question; but, as I have said publicly, a whole range of other rumours abound about the site and about buildings that surround the site. Given that those rumours are well and truly known and spoken of, we would like the Minister, in this in-principle debate, to put to rest some of the accusations that have been made, some of the conspiracy theories that have been raised as to why these moves have been taken, and put forward, absolutely in a crystal clear way, why this is of benefit to the ACT.

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