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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 2863 ..

Mr Quinlan: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. The question was: Can the Chief Minister say whether this is a great coincidence or has the Government moved - - -

MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order, Mr Quinlan.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the public servant being spoken about does have observer status on the board. Taking into account the loan or the underwrite that exists between the ACT Government and the Cosmos, it is very appropriate that, to protect ACT public money, we make sure that we are keeping an eye on what that board is doing.

MR QUINLAN: I address a supplementary question to the Chief Minister. Given the situation of the Cosmos, has the Government moved to revise its business plan for Bruce Stadium? When does the Government intend to provide the Assembly with some indication of that plan, if not table it in toto?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am not aware of any changes in business plan. I would hope that Mr Quinlan is not sounding the death knell of the Cosmos. That would be very unfortunate, Mr Quinlan.

Mr Quinlan: I am just worried about projections.

MS CARNELL: Mr Quinlan, I would be very negative about any projection that suggested any of our teams were not going to be here next year or the year after. We will be working, and I will be working, very hard - - -

Mr Quinlan: I did not suggest that at all.

MS CARNELL: There would be no reason to change the projections, unless Mr Quinlan is suggesting that the Cosmos are going to fall over. The Cosmos are doing it reasonably tough. There is no doubt about that. But the Government will continue to work very hard with the Raiders, with the Brumbies, with the Cosmos, with the Cannons, with the Capitals and with all of the other teams in the ACT, which I think are very important to this city. Sure, it is true that the ACT Government or taxpayers cannot be propping these teams up all the time, but we will be doing everything we can to give them every chance to ensure a bright future.

Interim Tuggeranong Homestead Community Authority

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, my question today is to the Minister for Urban Services. Can the Minister confirm that a member of the Interim Tuggeranong Homestead Community Authority has recently resigned rather than sign a code of conduct and confidentiality that prohibits them from consulting the community organisation they represent or discussing any aspect of the interim authority's deliberations with the community? How can the Minister explain the role of community representation on the Interim Tuggeranong Homestead Community Authority if representatives of community organisations are expressly forbidden from representing the community when participating on this body?

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