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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 215 ..


MR QUINLAN: I ask a supplementary question. This is going to be good.

Mr Moore: Which part of "no" do you not understand - the "n" or the "o"?

MR QUINLAN: Which part of "I do not know". Will you find out? Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly how much has been spent on marketing and promotion of Bruce Stadium and on relevant consultants? In terms of consulting fees, is it a situation of no sales, no commission? What is our exposure to date? By the way, did you notice 13,000 people last Saturday at Manuka Oval, where there are no lights?

MS CARNELL: Wasn't it great to see that sort of crowd at Manuka Oval? Mr Speaker, a consortium headed up by Nationwide Venue Management, a member of the Spotless group, has been engaged to undertake a sales and marketing campaign for the Bruce Stadium, including the sale of naming rights, corporate suites, memberships, signage, advertising and other items such as video replay board rights.

Other consortium members include Ross Oakley, known for his involvement in AFL in Melbourne; Glenn Wheatley, manager of John Farnham and an expert in the entertainment industry; and the Boyer group, Australia's leading company responsible for selling advertising and signage. The TV advertising campaign was developed by the Campaign Palace, which was responsible for the highly successful "Up there, Cazaly" promotion for the AFL.

Mr Quinlan: Sell-outs.

MS CARNELL: Sell-outs; that is right. Canberra businesses wishing to be involved in the stadium can pursue a range of opportunities, including corporate suites, corporate boxes and all those sorts of things. With regard to payment for these sorts of things, it is all in the contract. In other words, it is performance based. I will certainly get more information for Mr Quinlan, but it is based upon performance. If the performance is not up to scratch, then nor will the dollars be.

Injecting Rooms

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, through you, I address a question to the Attorney-General. Minister, I refer to an article in the Canberra Times on Monday, 15 February, which quoted the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Richard Refshauge, as voicing his very strong personal support for the establishment of a drug self-injecting room in Canberra. Flying in the face of the facts, Mr Refshauge said that heroin injecting rooms overseas have been "very successful" and "did not promote drug use". Mr Refshauge evidently has not seen, or has chosen to ignore, the freely available evidence that I and many others have seen that contradicts that view.

Mr Moore: Your evidence is wrong. You know that. I took you through it and so did Dr Bammer. Dr Bammer took you through it.

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