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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (14 June) . . Page.. 1737 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

information was not available for other parties, such as ACT Tennis. I understand that those difficulties have been overcome. As I said yesterday, lots of people have worked very hard, working over the weekend, to gather this information, to audit it, to make sure that it is correct, and it has been presented.

Mr Dawes, on behalf of MBA members, has been receiving cheques from Mr Hanna, and other creditors have come forward. The condition still remains, as the Chief Minister has said, that all creditors must be paid.

MR CORBELL: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. In relation to the government's proposal to revoke the development application if the apparently meaningless conditions are not met, will the minister table any legal advice he has obtained in relation to revoking the calling in of this development approval?

MR SMYTH: As the conditions are being met, as the payments have started to flow, as the-

Mr Corbell: No, they are not. You set a deadline and they have not been met.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, the condition was that they would be paid in a week. People went away to work on achieving that condition and were unable to do so. Under Labor, if you do not meet the first condition, everything falls over; you do not put the future of the ACT first. I was approached by a large number of creditors who said to me, "Don't disapprove the DA because this is our only chance, we believe, to get our money back." We are working on their behalf.

Mr Stanhope: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. The supplementary question was, quite specifically: "Will the minister-

MR SPEAKER: And the minister is answering it.

Mr Stanhope: He is not. He was asked, "Will the minister table the legal advice he has received?"

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, please.

MR SMYTH: Mr Corbell did ask what had been undertaken, and I am explaining that-

Mr Stanhope: No, he did not. How about the legal advice?

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Corbell. I am tired of these questions being repeated and, if you do not sit down, I will warn you.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, if you are unwilling to hear my point of order, I would argue that you are not behaving impartially.

MR SPEAKER: If you try to repeat your question, I will deal with you. I will now listen to your point of order.

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