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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 491 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

who was not familiar with the scope or timing of the redevelopment. From this discussion, the ARU was left with the impression that the inner bowl seating and the corporate facilities would not be completed in time for the fixture. Mr Speaker, that is not true. The facilities needed by the ARU will be ready on time. They include 20,000 seats, around 50 corporate suites and the capacity to bring in temporary seating if ticket sales warrant it. Discussions are continuing with the ARU, and I am sure that we will be hosting a truly memorable event.

Electricity Supply - Green Power Option

MS CARNELL: On Tuesday, Ms Tucker asked me a question with regard to SEDA and the green power scheme nationally. As Ms Tucker seems to be otherwise engaged, I seek leave to have the answer incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Answer incorporated at Appendix 1.

Dairy Industry

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I offer some additional information to Mr Rugendyke in regard to the Chief Minister's answer on Tuesday about milk deregulation. Under the administrative arrangements, the Milk Authority Act is under my control, and I will just add a few points to her answer. There has been no change in regard to the New South Wales deregulation from the farm gate on 1 July 1998. The decision by New South Wales not to deregulate the dairy industry in New South Wales for another five years relates solely to milk quotas and farm gate prices. As neither are regulated in the ACT there is nothing that could be pointed to for the ACT to follow. What happens in New South Wales, as the Chief Minister said, is essential to what happens here. In the context of this decision, it means that the price paid by the ACT for its raw milk on the basis of a competitive tendering process will continue to be lower than the regulated farm gate price in New South Wales and Victoria. The national competition policy review that is currently being undertaken in the ACT relates to those areas, such as price fixing and vendor licensing and zoning, which are to be deregulated in New South Wales from 1 July. Mr Speaker, that is why we are conducting our review. That is why this morning we put legislation in this place to take the Milk Authority Act through to the end of December this year, so that we may look fairly and reasonably at how milk deregulation may or may not occur in the ACT.

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