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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3702 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

period of time. My adviser is looking at the Government's response at the moment. We only got a copy about half-an-hour ago, informally, so we would like to have a little more time to look at these issues.

I agree with Mr Kaine that this is a large body of legislation. The issue about regulations is also of interest to the Greens. It is a transparent process in that regulations are tabled and the Assembly can look at them, but there are sometimes concerns about that because keeping track of all the subordinate legislation that is tabled involves members of this place in a lot of work. We do want to ensure that initiatives coming from the Government are well understood and debated. So, in principle, the Greens will certainly be supporting this legislation, but we may have to ask for more time to look at some of these comments by the scrutiny of Bills committee and the government response.

Debate interrupted.

Sitting suspended from 12.23 to 2.30 pm


MR SPEAKER: I inform members of the presence in the gallery of a delegation of members from Pacific Islands parliaments, and on behalf of all members I bid them a warm welcome.


Bruce Stadium

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer and Minister for infrastructure. Can the Minister tell the Assembly if the current sublease between the Territory and the Australian Sports Commission over Bruce Stadium has in fact been legally executed, or does the Government rely for its tenure on sublease 820353, the only document that is currently held by the Titles Office? What is the reason for the delay in executing the new lease arrangement?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I assume that this is a Bruce Stadium matter and on that basis it falls within my responsibilities. With regard to the lease, surprising as it may seem, I cannot remember the lease number that we may or may not be relying on. I have to say that if the Leader of the Opposition wanted a sensible answer to a question like this involving this sort of detail he should have given some level of notice, because it is fairly obvious that no Minister is going to know what lease number we are relying on for the lease involved.

For the interest of members, I can indicate that there has been a number of pieces of correspondence between me and the relevant Federal Ministers, and I think the Prime Minister - I am fairly confident the Prime Minister has also written - with regard to the extension of the lease on Bruce Stadium up to 2024 from the 2009 that is currently the

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