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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 510 ..

Bruce Stadium

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister and it has to do with the development of Bruce Stadium. Chief Minister, the original proposal in connection with Bruce Stadium was that it was a $27m project, $12.3m of public funds - - -

Ms Carnell: You would know; you were in Cabinet.

MR KAINE: It was originally, Mr Speaker, a $27m project, with $12.3m of public funding and the other $14.7m, approximately $15m, was to be produced by the three beneficiary clubs, the Brumbies, the Raiders and the Cosmos. That is well and truly on the record, so it is an established fact. Of course, the project is now beginning to blow out and the situation has changed. It is still allegedly $12.3m worth of public money, but all the rest, the Chief Minister tells us, is to come from the private sector, not from the three clubs. I presume that is because of two facts. One is that the costs are blowing out and the other is that none of the three clubs are capable of generating $15m anyway. But, since the responsibility for everything over and above $12.3m now resides with the private sector, I draw the Chief Minister's attention to some full-page ads that appeared in the media not so long ago trying to sell some aspects of the stadium. The company responsible for these ads is a company called Bruce Operations Pty Ltd. Chief Minister, is this the private sector company that is to marshal the private sector to deliver the excess cost over and above the $12.3m, regardless of how much it adds up to? If so, how is this private company funded?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, that was a very long question. Almost all of the information that Mr Kaine put forward was wrong. That surprises me because Mr Kaine was part of the Cabinet that decided on such things as recommended tenders, submission 4905, I think, and a number of Cabinet decisions after that with regard to financing, management arrangements and so on. Mr Kaine was part of all those decisions. I have always been interested as to why those Cabinet submissions were not returned, Mr Speaker.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, since the Chief Minister is prepared to call upon Cabinet positions and papers, would she like to table them?

MS CARNELL: I do not have them.

Mr Kaine: No, and you will not.

MS CARNELL: You do, though.


Mr Kaine: You will not. You say my statement was incorrect and I say yours is. I can easily prove that what you say is incorrect.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order.

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