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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (20 April) . . Page.. 989 ..


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Electricity (Amendment) Act 1998 - Notice of commencement (14 April 1999) of remaining sections (No. 15, dated 14 April 1999).

Annual Reports

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 14 - Canberra Institute of Technology - Report and financial statements, including the Auditor-General's report, for 1998.

Motor Traffic Act, pursuant to section 84 - The Nominal Defendant (Australian Capital Territory) - Report for 1998.

Pursuant to standing order 83A, I also present an out-of-order petition lodged by Mr Hird concerning the proposal to vary the lease purpose of the Lithuanian-Australian Club.


Water Franchise - Report on Overseas Study Trip

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think it is appropriate for me to add some information with regard to an answer I gave at question time. I think Mr Kaine tried to create the impression that the officer was holidaying in Casablanca or was not in full work mode. I am advised that Casablanca is the only place in the world to have sold a combined electricity and water authority. This is actually covered in the report. The officer involved was meeting with the appropriate people. I think that is a very appropriate approach. In this place we should always be very careful about casting aspersions against public servants, even if those opposite like to have a bit of a laugh about it. I do not think it is appropriate in any way.


Ministerial Statement

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.30): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the outcomes of the 1999 Premiers Conference and the Australian Loan Council.

Leave granted.

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