Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 06 Hansard (Friday, 27 June 2008) . . Page.. 2239 ..
MRS BURKE: I will start the question, again, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Gallagher. On what date did you receive your first official briefing from your department in relation to the health implications of the Tuggeranong gas-fired power station and data centre?
MS GALLAGHER: The question was on what date did I receive what?
Mrs Burke: Your first official briefing from your department in relation to the health implications of the Tuggeranong gas-fired power station and data centre.
MS GALLAGHER: I would have to check in terms of my oral weekly briefings, if we have that date recorded. In terms of the first formal written advice on the proposal, I received that on 28 May.
Mrs Burke: Will you take it on notice and clarify?
MS GALLAGHER: That is correct—28 May was my first written advice.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Burke.
MRS BURKE: Minister, why did it take you until two weeks ago, then, to begin a health impact assessment of this project?
MS GALLAGHER: On 28 May ACT Health briefed me around the original proposal. That was the proposal that was originally on the table about a much larger facility. In that advice, they recommended to me that further work needed to be done around potential health impacts of that proposal. I received that on 28 May. I think it was on 27 May that the proponents revised the project, and in fact I noted that on the brief and asked that Health provide me with advice on the new proposal, which they did. They provided with me with that advice on 16 June. On 17 June we announced a health impact assessment.
Gas-fired power station
MR PRATT: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 25 June 2008 you stated, “I make no apology whatsoever for authorising the release to the media of materials” related to the Tuggeranong power station. Chief Minister, will you release to all members of the Assembly all of the relevant government documents related to the Canberra Technology Centre and Tuggeranong power station?
MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The release of documents that fit the description that Mr Pratt has just given is the subject of an ongoing FOI request. All of the documents that fit that description will, of course, be released consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, and I think that is quite appropriate.
MR PRATT: Will they be the same as what you released to the media, though? That will be the question, won’t it? My supplementary question is this: if you have got nothing to hide, why will you not table in the Assembly the documents that you withheld from the opposition?