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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3455 ..

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I will rephrase it. When the Government does that, will she support an open competition?

MR SPEAKER: It is still hypothetical.

Ms Carnell: And the answer is no.

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, it is not hypothetical at all.

MR SPEAKER: It is, Mr Kaine. You are asking the Chief Minister to comment on - - -

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I have already indicated in my original question that a Federal government Minister has already publicly indicated some sympathy and support for this proposal. It is by no means hypothetical.

MR SPEAKER: I am not aware of that, Mr Kaine.

MR KAINE: Well, I have told you. Are you rejecting my question on the information that I am giving you?

MR SPEAKER: I am not sure that the Chief Minister is aware of it either.

MR KAINE: I think your ruling is quite out of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Well, I am afraid that I regard this as hypothetical. That is all there is to it.

Marketing Expenditure

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. The consolidated accounts in the Chief Minister's Department's financial statements indicate the expenditure last year of $1.594m on marketing. Given that $946,000 of that amount went to pay the failed Bruce Stadium marketing consortium, can you detail the department's marketing expenditure of the remaining $655,000?

MS CARNELL: Thank you very much. I can give you a more detailed rundown of all the marketing efforts put in place in my department, but there are a number and they run right across the Chief Minister's Department. In the business development area, we have a very successful marketing campaign to lift the profile of Canberra as a good place to do business. After seeing the information that I put on the table today, Mr Speaker, I think members will see that it has been very successful.

The basis of the marketing project that we have put in place is to identify companies that may be interested in relocating or expanding into the ACT and then to follow up with them directly. We have two publications, which I am more than happy to give members opposite copies of, that are sent to the people on our mailing list on a semi-regular basis. We follow up with them regularly, giving them rundowns of what is happening in Canberra, what our economy looks like, what the opportunities are, and

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