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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2259 ..

Mr Smyth

: Wise words.


: They were wise words, and they were borne out in your speech, Mr Smyth, where you show a fundamental misunderstanding of the process we are dealing with.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 5, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 6.


(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (11.21): I seek leave to move amendments 1 and 2, circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.


: I move amendments 1 and 2, circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2425].

I move these amendments because they facilitate the payment of cash money for the development of the National Centre of Excellence of ICT, or NICTA. This is an amount already budgeted for-however, we had intended that it would be by land grant, et cetera. I am advised that my people have provided briefings to everybody on this process. I understand it is necessary to put cash in the hands of NICTA to sell them land, in order to make sure the lease is not branded as concessional, and that NICTA can be an independent operation, as we want it to be.

The land component-the land we sell them under section 61-probably will not take anywhere near the full amount of $10 million. Quite an amount of it will go into the development of the establishment to be set up there. Hopefully it will become the hub of a growing centre of activity.

As members have been briefed, I will not bore them with it when we are going to have a rather lengthy day. In closing, perhaps I can address any comments people might have.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause 6, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

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