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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3071 ..

Simon Corbell MLA

Member for Molonglo




"The Chief Minister must answer numerous questions that have been raised in relation to the revelation that AVESCO the Australian Vee Eight Super Car Company (AVESCO) was voluntary deregistered in December 1998", Labor's Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Simon Corbell said today.

The questions that the Chief Minister must answer include:

Has the Territory entered into a contract with AVESCO (a deregistered company) as stated in the media?

Did the Territory undertake a company search to determine the bona-fides of AVESCO prior to entering into any contract?

What license fee is the Territory paying to AVESCO under that contract? and

What are the implications for the Territory for entering into a contract with a deregistered company?

"Labor has conducted the necessary company searches and these reveal that AVESCO had been voluntary deregistered in December 1998", Mr Corbell said.

"What is at stake here is the $7m of Territory funds committed to the V8 car race for 2000", Mr Corbell concluded.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think it is also worth remembering that it was not all that long ago that Mr Corbell was subject to a motion in this place the last time he was, shall we say, free and loose with the facts with regard to the outages of electricity in Victoria. It seems he did not learn.

Bruce Operations Pty Ltd

MR KAINE: My question is to the Chief Minister, and I will word it very carefully because, if I do not, Mr Hird will ask a dorothy dixer tomorrow and I will get a lecture. So I am going to frame my question very, very carefully. My question relates to Bruce Operations Pty Ltd. On 24 August, in answer I think to a question from Mr Stanhope, after Ms Ford had been seconded to SOCOG, in connection with the membership of the board you said:

The Government is in the process right now of reconstituting the board.

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