Page 2726 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 16 August 2005

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with the union, which I believe has some concerns around the material being put up on notice boards.

Forbes global CEO conference

MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Treasurer. From 20 August to 1 September Australia will host the 2005 Forbes global CEO conference in Sydney. It will be a gathering of 300 of the world’s most influential decision makers and will provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase the advantages of doing business in Australia. The conference is being held in Australia because Forbes sees it as one of the most sophisticated, skilled and stable places in the world to do business.

Are you aware of the conference? What arrangements have you put in place to court these potential investors?

MR QUINLAN: I have heard of the conference. I didn’t know the specific dates of it. Having been away for a month, I will check to see what has been done. I will take under advisement exactly what genuine benefit we can get. There may be some grandstanding value in it, but I would like to think that what we can get out of it if we do become involved is genuine stuff. I will take it on notice.

MR MULCAHY: Will you consider participating, notwithstanding the fact that you have obviously overlooked the opportunity?

MR QUINLAN: The commitment to take the question on notice stands. The only answer I will give you to the second question is: no, I can’t go to every conference in Australia.


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Planning. I refer to the Gungahlin swimming pool, which has been identified for a site at Higgerson Street in the Gungahlin town centre. Minister, during the last election campaign, your party’s sport and recreation policy stated:

A site has been identified and planning is well under way for an indoor recreation facility for Gungahlin.

Minister, is it true that, during this planning work, the site has been identified as unsuitable for the planned indoor recreation facility? Where will the Gungahlin indoor recreation facility be moved to if this site is unsuitable?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware that it has been deemed unsuitable, but I can assure Mr Seselja that if it does not need to be moved—and I will take the detail of that on notice—I can tell him where it will be: in Gungahlin.

MR SESELJA: That is a fantastic answer. When can the people of Gungahlin expect to have a pool?

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