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Members can see this in the new revised explanatory statement that is now being circulated. I have also written to the scrutiny committee with similar information. I thank members for their contributions today and for their support for this bill. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Sitting suspended from 12.12 to 2.30 pm.
Questions without notice
MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on any of your trips overseas, have you met with the owners of Aquis or their representatives?
MR BARR: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. I think this question has been asked previously, and I have advised that on a business delegation to Hong Kong I presented at an investment round table where there were a number of organisations in attendance. I presented. I understand that a representative of a company associated with Aquis was in the room. I did not meet with them, but they were in the room when I presented on investment opportunities in Canberra.
MR COE: Chief Minister, on any of your trips overseas, have you had a personal interaction—that is, a one-on-one interaction—with the owners of Aquis or their representatives?
MR BARR: I have just answered that question. I have not had a one-on-one overseas; I have met with representatives of Aquis in Canberra.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, what involvement can you or a minister have in an unsolicited bid process? Is it appropriate for a minister or you to meet with the proponents while a bid is being considered?
MR BARR: Yes. The unsolicited proposal framework outlines how the government assesses such proposals. Normally an unsolicited proposal is formally submitted. It would not be unreasonable to anticipate that individuals wanting to submit an unsolicited proposal would meet with members of this place, particularly with ministers, but through the assessment process that is undertaken, as outlined in the unsolicited proposals framework. Ultimately these decisions are ones taken by government.