Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (19 May) . . Page.. 331 ..
MS CARNELL (continuing):
After Harcourt Hill and a number of other extraordinarily, I think, difficult joint ventures from an ACT government and ACT taxpayer perspective, I am amazed that those opposite ever ask questions on joint ventures because, quite simply, they stuff them up. We do not plan to do that. We have not done that, Mr Speaker. I think those opposite should hide their heads in shame.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I will ask my question in a different form, as the Chief Minister failed to answer it in my substantive question. In relation to public tender, Chief Minister, if joint ventures are progressed by your Government, do you have a preferred model that indicates that they should be by public tender?
MS CARNELL: We will look at every project and every proposal on its merits. That is what those opposite should have done. They should have entered into preliminary agreements before they entered into joint ventures on things like Harcourt Hill. They did not. What have they done, Mr Speaker? They have cost the ACT taxpayer millions. The answer to the question, quite seriously, is that we will look at every proposal put to this Government on its merits.
Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. My question was: Will the Government - - -
Ms Carnell: It is not a point of order, Mr Speaker.
Mr Corbell: On a point of relevance, Mr Speaker: I asked the Chief Minister - - -
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a point of order - - -
Mr Corbell: If I can be allowed to finish my point of order, Mr Speaker - - -
Mr Humphries: The Chief Minister has finished her answer, so there is no question of relevance anymore.
Mr Corbell: I have a point of order on relevance and I would ask you to hear me out, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: I will hear you out.
Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, on the point of relevance: I asked the Chief Minister about public tender. In her answer she made no reference whatsoever to public tender. I want to know what the Government's preferred position is.
Ms Carnell: It is not a point of order.
MR SPEAKER: The question has been answered.
Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The question has not been answered.
MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has finished the answer. She has answered the question.