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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1234 ..

Yarralumla Brickworks

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Deputy Chief Minister. Deputy Chief Minister, on ABC radio 2CN on 17 July this year you told an interviewer this in answer to a question about the proposed redevelopment of the Yarralumla brickworks by Allied Projects:

No, as far as I'm aware Cabinet never discussed the matter, although obviously I discussed it at several stages with my Cabinet colleagues.

Deputy Chief Minister, can you confirm that the Government did, in fact, give in-principle agreement to the project in 1996? Was this agreement made by the Minister, your party room or the Cabinet? What planning processes were used to progress the proposal?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, yes, I can confirm that that decision was made by Cabinet. I rang the ABC back after my interview, after I had been advised that that was the case or reminded that that was the case, and advised them. I do not know whether they ran a correction subsequently to indicate that was the case, but, as is always the case with members of this Government, if we make a mistake we correct it at the first available opportunity.

Mr Berry: Can we expect another letter?

MR HUMPHRIES: I did not mislead the Assembly. I misled the ABC.

Wine Industry

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what are the outcomes of the feasibility study into the region's wine industry commissioned by ACT AusIndustry in early 1997? Among other matters, did the study recommend establishment of an ACT wine industry network and for the network to begin operations to market regional wines from an inner city shopfront? Further, what was the reaction of the region's wine industry to the proposal to establish the network?

MS CARNELL: I will take that question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR WOOD: May I add some more to the notice that she will take?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, you may.

MR WOOD: Would you look at a possible conflict of interest in that the person who managed the feasibility study for the project for ACT AusIndustry and who remains, I understand, under contract to the Chief Minister's Department is the same person who is likely to operate the venture?

MS CARNELL: I will take it on notice, Mr Speaker.

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