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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3866 ..

number of conversations around that advice. We were asked to re-test that advice and we were in the process of doing that.

If one of you had stood up and asked me, “Has the government received accounting advice that will impact”—indeed, if you look at the media comments of the Chief Minister and me when we were asked around Calvary, we said that we were in the process of finalising them subject to accounting advice.

That is the reality. These are the ways we negotiate. We do not necessarily come into this place and discuss everything about those details of the negotiations when they are still ongoing.

MR HANSON: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, did your answer to the question breach the ministerial code of conduct requiring that all ministers are to recognise the importance of full and true disclosure and accountability to the parliament?


MR HANSON: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Why do you consistently fail to keep the Assembly advised of the current status of negotiations to purchase Calvary hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not. I do keep the Assembly advised, Mr Speaker.

Tidbinbilla nature reserve—camping

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns camping at Tidbinbilla nature reserve. Minister, on their website Conservation Volunteers Australia are offering overnight tours to Tidbinbilla nature reserve, which includes camping at the Nil Desperandum homestead site. Why has the ACT government already permitted overnight camping in Tidbinbilla, given that the current management plan says that camping is an inappropriate activity and prohibits it in the reserve?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. As members are aware, I was most pleased, in fact, after a difficult time and some effort, to be able to table the final of the Namadgi plan of management, a major piece of work that has been undertaken over a number of years in relation to the management of our largest—to the extent that it is our largest—and our most significant nature reserve.

There was exhaustive consultation with all stakeholders in the community in relation to the development of the plan. At the end of the day, there were a number of issues in

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