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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3162 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

that statement. All casino employees conducting gaming are licensed by the Casino Surveillance Authority after undergoing strict probity checks and the casino operator issuing the described statement of competence.

If Mr Rugendyke has any information which would support allegations of improper behaviour or some other problem at Casino Canberra, I would ask him to bring that to my attention and it will certainly be referred to the Casino Surveillance Authority or the police for appropriate investigation.

Eco-Land Development - McKellar

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, in question time on 2 September, in answer to a question by Ms Tucker about the Eco-Land development in McKellar, I indicated that I would provide to the Assembly details of the investigation I ordered and that I would do so in the next sitting week, which is now. That investigation is under way and is consisting of a wide-ranging review of the processes used by government agencies on this project. I had hoped to have it complete by now but it is not. I will further advise the Assembly when the investigation is complete.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a short statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, in the Assembly yesterday during the introduction of Mr Corbell's Land (Planning and Environment) Amendment Bill Mr Corbell made a statement that incorrectly suggested that I had not stated reasons for calling in the BRL Hardy development and referred to a press release issued from my office on Friday, 1 October. I want to quote from yesterday's Hansard. Mr Corbell said:

The most recent use of the call-in power was in relation to the BRL Hardy development at Mitchell. The Minister informed the community of the use of the call-in power to approve the development application for BRL Hardy in a media release which was actually about improvements to parking and access at EPIC.

Mr Corbell went on to say:

... in the Minister's media release there was no outlining of why he had actually decided to approve the BRL Hardy development.

Further he said:

... he provided no direct reason why he was using the call-in power to approve the BRL Hardy development.

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