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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 782 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

The Causeway is an integral part of our history and our heritage in Canberra. There are up to three generations living in one street. It is a genuine community. It is simply not good enough to leave those people wondering, over the years that it takes for the Kingston foreshore development to reach them, what their fate will be; whether they will be squeezed out by upmarket development or whether they ever will be permitted to purchase the homes which they want to purchase now. I believe it is a matter of discrimination that they are not permitted to purchase their homes, and I suggest that the Government take a serious look at reviewing that situation.

Competition Policy Forum : Mr Michael Hays

MR OSBORNE (6.24): Mr Speaker, I would like to speak on two things, quickly. I want to back up what Mr Stanhope said on the Competition Policy Forum. I must admit to not necessarily liking their view on the Belconnen pool, but I do think they are a body that we should give time to.

Ms Tucker: That was not their view.

MR OSBORNE: It was not their fault, as Ms Tucker indicated. It is something that I supported before, and I am very keen to support it in the future. It is a type of body that will take a while to evolve into a very worthwhile exercise for all of us.

I would like to flag that I will be writing to the Competition Policy Forum tomorrow, asking whether they would be interested in looking at the issue of milk, which is something that I have been very keen on over, I suppose, the last five or six months. I think they are a body that should be involved in the debate.

Secondly, I would like to thank Mr Moore, Mr Smyth and Mrs Carnell for their assistance in finding a home for Michael Hays. I raised the matter with Mrs Carnell about a month ago. Michael was very keen to get home with his family. The assistance from those three Ministers went a long way to finally getting him home, so I would like to thank them for that.

Gaming Machines - Belwest Juniors Ltd

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education) (6.25): Mr Speaker, last week I spoke to Mr Alan Lee, president of Belwest Juniors Ltd. He sent me a letter which I said I would read out. I will also table it. I will also send a copy of it to Mr Kaine who, I believe, is the chairman of the poker machine inquiry. Mr Lee wrote:

The purpose of this facsimile is to request that in any future debate on the capping of gaming machine numbers in Canberra you agree to seek the inclusion in any cap of 100 additional machines for the Belwest Juniors Limited club, the family, sporting and community club presently being developed for the old Charnwood High School.

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