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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 2376 ..

Mr Kaine: Do you have season tickets or do you go on freebies?

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Members, you seem to forget that the Speaker has the right to suspend the sitting for as long as the Speaker wishes if there is too much noise.

Mr Wood: Well, do so. Can I ask whether this was discussed at the party meeting this morning?

MR SPEAKER: I am quite prepared to do it. I have no doubt the Government is not the least bit fussed about it.

MS CARNELL: No, the Government is not the least bit fussed.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, referring to your suggestion there, we have had just two people really, Mr Stanhope and Mr Corbell, who have been constantly interjecting, and standing order 202 (e) does work quite effectively.

MS CARNELL: Mr Stanhope cannot say for a moment that he does support the Raiders when he makes comments like that about their ownership. The Raiders, as we know, are worth over $19m a year to this city and provide a lot of jobs. More than that; they provide a lot of benefit in terms of our sense as a city and how other people view us. So do the Brumbies, Mr Speaker. It is about time those opposite got behind this city, got behind the things that make a difference, and stopped being just spoilers attempting to destroy the things that matter about Canberra.


MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, my question is also to the Chief Minister. Can the Chief Minister please bring the Assembly up to date on the current status of the ACTEW merger report and advise on a date for intended presentation of the report to this place?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am happy to bring the Assembly up to date. As I think I have said publicly, the working party report is with the New South Wales Government. Mr Quinlan may like to get in touch with his colleagues in New South Wales, but I do not think they talk to those opposite very often, Mr Speaker. The report is with New South Wales. When it comes out it will be available for release. It has been there for a couple of weeks and we hope that that timeframe will not be too long now. I understand that the Treasurer in New South Wales has been on holidays for the last week or so. The view was that when he gets back it may be ready for release at that stage.

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