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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2527 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

us to take into account. An interesting debate is going on about the peer review journals. If anybody is interested, I could refer them to some of them. It was agreed that the proposals would be referred to the NHMRC for advice on health issues before being reconsidered by the council.

South Australia raised concerns about recent food poisoning attributed to the consumption of unpasteurised orange juice. The council was generally supportive of the proposal to require pasteurisation of orange juice, and the matter will be considered at a future meeting.

Mr Deputy Speaker, the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council on 3 August 1999 made significant decisions on food standards. The ACT has continued to take seriously its role to do what it can to ensure that health, safety and consumers' concerns are fully addressed. We will continue to do that.

Debate (on motion by Ms Tucker ) adjourned.


Discussion of Matter of Public Importance

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Speaker has received a letter from Ms Tucker proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The Government's handling of the sale of land at McKellar and Fisher shops by direct grant to Tokich Homes Pty Ltd under the Ecoland proposal.

MS TUCKER (4.01): Mr Deputy Speaker, I have raised this issue as a matter of public importance today because I am very disturbed about what has been happening with this direct grant of land and I was very unsatisfied with the answers given by Mr Humphries to my questions on Tuesday about this development at McKellar shops. The whole affair has a very bad smell about it, and unfortunately there would not be enough question times to get to the bottom of it. Mr Humphries has really evaded the key problems with the Government's handling of this land deal and I am asking him today to set the record straight.

In fact, three different Ministers have been involved in this. In a nutshell, what we have here is the Government announcing some time ago that it will give a direct grant of land, without competitive tender, to one group of people for an innovative project at McKellar shops that will provide community benefit. We then found out recently that a different group of people, Tokich Homes, ended up with the land for a fairly conventional development that could have been done by any number of builders, with no net benefit to government. At present the only development proceeding is that at McKellar shops, but I should point out that the Government has also given a direct grant of land at Fisher shops to the same group, for which a development application has not yet been made.

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