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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3854 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I can advise this house that Virgin Blue has now commenced operation of a new route directly between Canberra and Adelaide. We will broaden the intensified campaign we conduct around New South Wales and Victoria to Adelaide and anticipate considerable success. While this is in the early stages, so far the response has been encouraging.

I cannot give hotel figures at the moment, but I can tell you that the proprietor of King O'Malley's was on television last night saying that last weekend was the equivalent of three St Patrick's Days. He was driving around town in his ute borrowing kegs of beer because he would run out otherwise. Other operators report the same success.

The point of this is that the World Cup, like Floriade and the Healthpact games, is spread over a period of time. They are not just for one or two days, where you get a splurge and that is all. They are events of genuine value to the ACT. They demonstrate what can be done with intelligent analysis and a constructive approach to promoting the ACT and the region.

MR HARGREAVES: I have a supplementary question. Minister, did the government feel the need to paint the grass green in order to attract world-class games to Canberra Stadium?

MR QUINLAN: We did hand a bare stadium to the ARU, so grass painting and signage was down to the ARU.

Australian capital region industry plans

MS DUNDAS: My question is to the minister for economic development and business. Minister, tenderers for major ACT government contracts are required to develop an Australian capital region industry plan. Can you tell me what processes are in place to ensure that a winning tenderer meets the undertakings made in the CRIP?

MR QUINLAN: I will take that on notice because, if we have processes in place, I would like to be able to articulate them in the order that they are embodied in the regulations, rather than trying to expound on them off the top of my head.

MS DUNDAS: Minister, can you then inform us what penalties exist when a successful tenderer fails to keep promises made in a CRIP, and have these penalties ever been imposed?

MR QUINLAN: Again, I will take that on notice. How far back do you want me to go-just the course of this government or do you want more?

Ms Dundas: I am sure you will find some from the last government as well that you would want to share.


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