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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1765 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: Indeed. I am aware that there are proceedings before the Magistrates Court today, and I understand that they touch on the question of the application of a suppression order. In respect of that side of the matter, it may be the case that after today the suppression order will be varied in some way, reaffirmed or removed altogether, in which case it would be possible to reassess the amount of comment that I can legitimately make to the house tomorrow. I understand that that is being considered by the Magistrates Court this afternoon. Until that occurs I am extremely reluctant to make detailed comment to the house lest, in my ignorance of all the details of the matter, I breach that suppression order or otherwise compromise either of the two investigations currently under way into the matters that have been raised.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, again I will have to be guided by the Minister's judgment as to what he can and cannot answer, but can the Minister say whether or not it was his department and/or an officer of it that sought a suppression order? Can the Minister also say on what basis the Chief Magistrate issued a suppression order in relation to proceedings in the court?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I think that question very clearly falls within the terms of the suppression order. My advice is that all proceedings before the court are subject to the suppression order, including and especially the names of the parties. That is my advice. I have not seen the details of the order, but I think in those circumstances it would be wrong to make further comment.

Canberra Cosmos

MR QUINLAN: My question is to the Minister for sport and recreation, I think. Can the Minister inform the Assembly as to the total government financial support provided to the Canberra Cosmos since July 1996, including the funding for National Soccer League teams and funding received by the Cosmos out of the funds provided to Soccer Canberra for the development of Olympic opportunities?

MR STEFANIAK: I would have to take the latter part of the question on notice, Mr Quinlan. It may relate to someone else's area too. My understanding is that the National Soccer League teams got $100,000.

Ms Carnell: May get $100,000.

MR STEFANIAK: May get $100,000. How much of that will go to the Cosmos, or in what form, at this stage I am uncertain so I will take that part of the question on notice as well.

MR QUINLAN: I ask a supplementary question that the Minister may have to take on notice as well. Given that six of the Olympic soccer games to be played in Canberra are women's soccer matches and one of them is to be a semifinal, can we also know how much funding ACT women's soccer received over the same period?

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