Page 3282 - Week 10 - Thursday, 25 August 2005

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continue to be owned by the territory, having been purchased last year. The heritage status of the Hotel Kurrajong will be maintained. The school will continue to operate as the Australian International Hotel School at the Hotel Kurrajong under a long-term sublease with the territory. Existing ACT government financial support will no longer be required beyond 30 June 2007.

The opposition, for some reason, was looking for an assurance that we were not going to operate the hotel or continue to operate the thing as a hotel or restaurant. That is the intention of the government at this stage. We will lease the building to the Blue Mountains Hotel Management School. We will become, effectively, the landlord and we will be receiving a rental. There is other detail to the arrangement, which is purely of a business nature, but it is, I think, a very satisfactory arrangement.

Before I sit down, I would like to thank a couple of people who have seen us through during a time when there has been uncertainty for the school and students. In particular, I would like to thank John Walsh, Tony Hays and Greg Wood for the work that they have done and are doing at this stage to ensure that we are able to make this arrangement. It is a very difficult process. It is not something that can be just switched off overnight. There are continuing commitments, both contractual and moral, and we have said right from the outset that we would honour both our contractual and our moral commitments. It has been through the work of those people that we have been able to do so.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Human Rights Commission (Children and Young People Commissioner) Amendment Bill 2005

Detail stage

Debate resumed from 23 August 2005.

Clause 14 agreed to.

Clauses 15 to 37, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Schedule 1.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (5.17): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 3295].

Both Mr Seselja and I spoke on Tuesday in relation to the ombudsman. I reiterate our position. I also again refer members to the scrutiny of bills committee report 14 of 15 August, in which these concerns were expressed. Without repeating myself, I commend this amendment to the Assembly.

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