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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 317 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

Legislative Assembly on 8 May 1997. The guarantee was effective until 31 October 1998. A new guarantee of up to $200,000 was signed and is effective until 31 October 2000. It is a continuation of the same guarantee.

The Government's decision to provide and to continue the guarantee recognises the Cosmos's developing role in the sporting life of Canberra and our desire to maintain a strong connection between Canberra and the 2000 Olympic soccer tournament, something that I would have assumed that everyone in this place was very positive about - although you really have to wonder. Those opposite seem to be fixated about opposing Bruce Stadium, which of course is the basis of Olympic soccer coming to Canberra. It appears that Mr Kaine would like the Cosmos to sink. This Government is very positive about Olympic soccer coming to Canberra.

When Mr Stefaniak was talking about $600,000, I think that he was actually talking about $600,000 to Soccer Canberra, not to the Cosmos. That was a grant that was given to Soccer Canberra.

Mr Kaine: The Minister for sports does not know, but she thinks I should know.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, do I have to yell the whole time?

MR SPEAKER: Order, please!

MS CARNELL: It was a grant that was given to Soccer Canberra to promote soccer and to facilitate the soccer tournaments leading up to the Olympics generally, to ensure that Canberra gets the most we possibly can out of the great honour of being an Olympic city.

Mr Kaine: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. In terms of the non-answer to my question - - -

MS CARNELL: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. You cannot have two supplementary questions.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Kaine. You have asked your question.

Mr Kaine: I just want to make the point, Mr Speaker, that the Chief Minister asserts that I should know, when her own Minister for sports obviously does not know.

MR SPEAKER: You may ask the question under standing order 46.

Futsal Stadium

MR CORBELL: I know how it feels, Trevor. Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Did the Chief Minister have any direct formal or informal discussions in 1996 with an officer or officers of the National Capital Authority in which she discussed a proposal to build the futsal stadium?

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