Page 1958 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 25 June 2008

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I just want to clarify, for the information of Mr Corbell, that I had no intention of disparaging any of the work that was done; I was mentioning the need for peer review because in science that is the way it works.

Mr Corbell: You suggested they had a vested interest.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, if you have a point of order, make it, but I think that what I hear from Dr Foskey is more than reasonable.

DR FOSKEY: I did make it clear that, when the proponent chooses the researchers, there will always be those questions.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Dr Foskey, resume your seat. Mr Corbell, I have called you to order four times. I think Dr Foskey’s explanation is fine. If you were to take a point of order, I would reject it on that basis, so let us have some order in the house. Dr Foskey?

DR FOSKEY: My time is up, more or less.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (5.21): I would like first to address Dr Foskey’s comments that there have not been sufficient studies done to address environmental health and other concerns related to the data centre project. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to table a media release from the Canberra technology city partners, dated 17 June this year.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I table the following paper:

Proposed gas fired power station and data centre—Copy of ActewAGL welcomes further independent review—Media release, dated 17 June 2008.

In this media release from the Canberra technology city partners of 17 June, the consortium welcomes news of the health impact assessment for this project which was announced last week by the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Gallagher. In the 17 June media release, ActewAGL Chief Executive John Mackay said:

ActewAGL included 12 expert studies with the CTC development application.

He continued:

Independent reports and assessments were carried out on traffic and parking, access and mobility, plume, heritage, flora and fauna, bushfire, geotechnical, noise, tree assessment, site investigation, an Environment ACT Contaminated Site Search and waste management.

The health impact assessment will be the 13th study on this important project, and we must reiterate that the process is continuing. It must be allowed to continue without

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