Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3056 ..
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 9 NOES,6 Mr Berry Ms Carnell Mr Hargreaves Mr Cornwell Mr Kaine Mr Hird Mr Osborne Mr Humphries Mr Quinlan Mr Smyth Mr Rugendyke Mr Stefaniak Mr Stanhope Ms Tucker Mr Wood
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. On 2 September 1997, the Chief Minister told the Assembly in answer to a question from Mr Whitecross that the direct economic impact for Canberra of Olympic soccer matches at Bruce Stadium would not be $20m, as was then being reported, but would in fact be $23m. On 2 October this year, the Canberra Times reported the Chief Minister's spokesman as saying that the economic benefit from the Olympics, based on crowds of 25,000 at Bruce games, had been estimated at $100m. Can the Chief Minister say which figure is correct? If it is the latter, what has caused this dramatic increase?
MS CARNELL: It is very sad that those opposite do not read all of the information that is available. Mr Speaker, the difference between direct benefit and indirect benefit is fairly obvious. The direct benefit of the Games are the people who are actually here in Canberra buying meals, buying tickets, buying programs, paying for parking, paying for accommodation, catching taxis - all of those sorts of things.