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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 543 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

indicated that she proposes to work closely with the New South Wales coroner in relation to the MacIntyres Hut fire. Mr McLeod has announced that he will be working closely with the ACT coroner; in fact, they will be meeting either this week or next week to discuss the basis on which they will cooperate.

There will be no inhibitors other than, of course, legislative inhibitors insofar as we cannot legislate across those borders. There is no basis on which there will not be full cross-border cooperation. Indeed, it is one of the terms of reference of the McLeod inquiry. I am sure that he will fulfil-

Mr Pratt: Does McLeod have the power to go across the border and talk to them if they don't talk to him?

MR STANHOPE: I need to respond to that interjection. Such is the depth of understanding of Mr Pratt and the Liberal Party that they actually think that our legislation has some extraterritorial application that I can empower Mr McLeod-

Mrs Dunne: This is the very point.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Pratt asked whether this Assembly or I can empower, through legislation, Mr McLeod to charge across the border into New South Wales and force the people of New South Wales. I cannot do it, Mr Pratt. There are a few constitutional limitations, such as a border, not that that bothers Bush, Blair or Howard. Matters around borders do not bother them, and perhaps you are in tune with that as well, but we do not do it here, mate.

ACTION-procurement policy

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for transport, Mr Corbell. The ACT government, through the ACTION Authority, is currently seeking tenders for the supply of a number of compressed natural gas powered buses for the network in the ACT. The request for tender demands that bus bodies supplied by the successful tenderer must be constructed by Custom Coaches Manufacturing Pty Ltd. Minister, that appears to be inconsistent with section 8 (c) of Government Procurement (Principles) Guideline 2002 (No 2), which states:

A Territory entity must avoid specifications for goods, services or works that favour a particular supplier or group of suppliers unless the requirements of the entity cannot be reasonably met without such specifications.

Minister, did you approve a request for tender for the supply of bus bodies as part of the tender when the name of the company that is to supply the bus bodies was specified in the tender?


MR SPEAKER: That certainly complies with the conciseness rule. Do you want to ask a supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Yes. Who did approve the request for tender?

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