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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2799 ..

Supercar Race

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, just an hour or so ago you launched the V8 supercar race for Canberra. I regret that I was unable to be there, because I do support this, but there seems to be a bit of a problem or a potential problem. I understand that the chief executive officer of the National Capital Authority, Ms Annabelle Pegrum, on public radio this morning said that no application to run this event on Commonwealth controlled land had been received, nor did she expect an application very soon. If that is the case, can we be sure that approval will be given? In other words, is there some sort of understanding, tacit or otherwise, between the ACT Government and the NCA that this event will be approved?

MS CARNELL: Thank you, Mr Kaine, for the question. The event was approved by the Joint House Committee this morning, which was one of the hurdles, you could say. Ms Pegrum and the chairman of the National Capital Authority have been very supportive of the whole approach. In fact, they have been part of the presentations that have been made on behalf of the Territory. They have been extraordinarily cooperative. I am not sure whether the final approval from NCA has been sought yet, but I understand that there is a process that will be gone through. Ms Annabelle Pegrum and David have both been very positive. The Joint House Committee have given it the tick.

MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question. Chief Minister, when the NCA approval is given, in the interests of openness and so that we can all be informed, will you publish the details of that approval and any constraints or qualifications that are placed on it by the NCA?

MS CARNELL: Absolutely. I am just not sure of where the process with NCA is up to. I do know the Joint House Committee gave it the tick. I am also aware that a representative from NCA went to the Adelaide event, so they have been part of the process the whole way through. I thank them for being so supportive on what is, I suppose, an event that is somewhat unusual in the triangle. Mr Kaine, I know, is a supporter. Mr Berry was there today. I think Mr Rugendyke was there. Mr Hird was there as well. I am sure that everybody who was there would agree that they are a very professional organisation. They are very supportive and very enthusiastic. The race looks like it is going to be a great success.

Eco-Land Development - McKellar

MR CORBELL: My question is to the Treasurer as Minister responsible for infrastructure and asset management. Treasurer, in the Assembly on 26 August, during a debate on the matter of public importance in relation to the handling of a direct grant of land to Tokich Homes, you stated:

The name of the organisation or person wanting to lease had changed, but the legal advice to the Government from the Government Solicitor was clear ...

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