Page 889 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 March 2005

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Question so resolved in the negative.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Aged persons accommodation

MR CORBELL: In question time yesterday Mr Seselja asked me a question in relation to the tender processes for section 87 Belconnen. In answering the question, Mr Seselja indicated that he had provided my office with notice of the question and was disappointed with my response. I should inform members that at no stage did Mr Seselja’s office indicate to me the specifics of his question or the detail that he required, only that the question was to be asked in relation to section 87. Therefore, I am disappointed that Mr Seselja has chosen to criticise me for not having the necessary information. I would ask either that Mr Seselja provide me in advance with the full detail of the question that he wants answered, if that is his wish, or that he place the question on notice. I can, however, provide the further advice to Mr Seselja.

Firstly, the Land Development Agency is managing the process for section 87 Belconnen under strict probity guidelines, which I am sure members would expect to be associated with this commercial tender. The agency has engaged the Australian Government Solicitor to oversee the probity arrangements and the evaluation of the tender process, and this has occurred in accordance with the agreed evaluation plan. I am advised that tenderers were assessed in relation to their achievements in terms of the project objectives and their commercial proposal. The project objectives for section 87 include (1) the achievement of an integrated residential aged care accommodation facility (2) the creation of a high-quality development which achieves innovation of design and (3) demonstration of the practical implementation of ecologically sustainable development principles.

In relation to the price paid by the successful tenderer, as I indicated yesterday this is in the order of, approximately, $7 million. The reason the Land Development Agency is unable to advise me on the final price is that at this stage Illawarra Retirement Trust are the preferred tenderers and their final contract is still being negotiated. Further, it would be inappropriate to advise at this stage Mr Seselja or other members of the price paid by the highest bidder, simply because the final contractual arrangements between Illawarra property trust and the Land Development Agency are yet to be finalised.

Criminal Code regulations—2005

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Criminal Code 2002—Criminal Code Regulations 2005—Subordinate Law SL2005-2 (with explanatory statement) (LR, 4 March 2005)

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

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