Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 490 ..
MS CARNELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. A number of things needed to be evaluated; so a preliminary agreement was entered into between Mr Whitcombe and the ACT Government to check out the various issues that needed to be identified before a joint venture was entered into. Those things were investigated. It was found that two of those leases - - -
Mr Stanhope: They should have been done before you signed the contract.
MS CARNELL: The whole basis of the contract, Mr Speaker, was to look at these issues. When those issues did not stack up, Mr Whitcombe pulled out of the proposed joint venture, Mr Speaker. I think that really should be the last time that I answer exactly the same question.
MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Corbell?
MR CORBELL: Yes, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: I hope that you will listen to this one when the answer comes, instead of interjecting.
MR CORBELL: I hope that the Chief Minister answers this one, Mr Speaker, and I hope that you will continue to enforce the standing orders, as you always do.
MR SPEAKER: Order!
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, my supplementary question to the Chief Minister is: Is it not the case that the lease Mr Whitcombe claimed he had a right to negotiate on had already expired and was on a month-to-month renewal with a 30-day withdrawal clause? Is it also the case that the lease indicated nil tenant rights, indicating that Mr Whitcombe had no claim in regard to a right to negotiate exclusively with the Government and that the Government could not have entered into an exclusive arrangement with him on this basis?
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I have already answered that question.
Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, in question time today Mr Osborne asked a question with regard to a rugby union test. On 24 April 1998, representatives of the ARU visited Bruce Stadium to inspect the redevelopment. Unfortunately, the project manager for the redevelopment was not informed of the visit and discussions were held with an officer