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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1956 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I would like to make another comment on Floriade. Today it has been said, I think on numerous occasions by Mr Stanhope, that somehow Floriade will be locked off a week before the event. That is not the case. I have here a media release from the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation. Yes, it is true that the fence is going up a week before, but the gates will not be put on until 19 September. So it seems, Mr Speaker, that the Labor Party was wrong again. I table that for the interest of members.

Report on ACTTAB

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, on 1 September 1998 Mr Quinlan asked a supplementary question in which he alleged that the co-authors of the report into the Northern Territory TAB, ABN AMRO, had been chosen as consultants for the review of ACTEW. Mr Quinlan implied that ABN AMRO was selected because we knew that they would not address the issues properly or would come up with the approach the Government wanted.

Mr Speaker, the Northern Territory TAB study was undertaken by a group of consultants including ABN AMRO Hoare Govett and was completed in January 1998. ABN AMRO's current structure was put in place after completion of the Northern Territory TAB report and has arisen from the acquisition by ABN AMRO of the Australian operations of a separate firm, BZW. ABN AMRO Corporate Finance is part of a consortium that was selected to undertake the ACTEW scoping study review following rigorous assessment after a highly competitive open tender process. The individual ABN AMRO employees specified in the contract as the key personnel to undertake the scoping study review of ACTEW were employees of BZW prior to the acquisition. They were not employees of ABN AMRO at the time of the preparation of the report on the Northern Territory TAB. Mr Speaker, they were not employees of ABN; they were not involved in the Northern Territory report. No issue.


Use of Internal cc:mail System

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (7.14): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Speaker, I want to draw to the attention of the house what I think is a quite regrettable recurrence of an incident that happened a few weeks ago when one of the members of the Assembly chose to use the internal cc:mail system to deliver a message to public servants in the ACT which could be viewed as being of a political nature. Let us not put anyone under any undue suspense. It was done by Mr Berry, surprise, surprise. He has emailed, as far as I can tell, all the public servants in the ACT with a message about the voluntary redundancy motion that was dealt with by the Assembly yesterday. I will not bother tabling it, Mr Speaker, as members will have it on their own cc:mails.

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