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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3711 ..

MR SPEAKER: Mr Osborne, do you have a supplementary question? Ignore the tempter beside you.

MR OSBORNE: I just had suggestion from Mr Kaine. My supplementary question should be: "Did you nominate, Mr Walker", but I will not ask that. I can only ask what I said in my point of order. Was that a yes or a no, Chief Minister? There is one final point. You always say that your Government and its financial system are based on outputs and outcomes, and I put it to you that in relation to these two issues Mr Walker's output is an obvious and spectacular failure. I ask again, Chief Minister: Will you ask him to hand back his award, or will you raise it with the committee and ask them to reconsider their awarding of the award to Mr Walker?

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, a question fully answered cannot be renewed.

MS CARNELL: I agree, Mr Speaker, but I would like to fully answer it again. To suggest that Mr Walker's output was anything less than very, very good is simply ridiculous, Mr Speaker.

Mr Osborne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I was quite specific on what I was talking about.

MS CARNELL: It is all right. I can answer the question the way I want to. Obviously I will not be asking the committee to look at its recommendation again, but, Mr Speaker, that does not stop Mr Osborne from doing that. Those awards do not come from me. They come from the community generally. So if Mr Kaine, who I suspect just said that, or Mr Osborne would like to suggest to the committee that they have another look at Mr Walker's recommendation, go for it. It will make you look like fools, but go for it.

Proposed Williamsdale Quarry

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, talking about awards, I would like to see SO 202 used on those blokes opposite on a regular basis. They deserve that type of award, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Come to a question, please.

MR HIRD: My question is to the Treasurer, Mr Humphries, in his capacity as a voting shareholder of Totalcare. Is the Treasurer aware of the demands by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Stanhope, that the Chief Minister should give, and I quote, "A speedy go-ahead to a proposed new quarry to be operated by Totalcare at Williamsdale"? Can the Treasurer explain why the Government has not yet given approval to this project?

Mr Stanhope: Read the rest of it, Harold. Come on. We expect more of you.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. He is asking a question of the Treasurer.

Mr Hird: I am asking the question. I was interested.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have seen Mr Stanhope's press release.

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