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Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Page: 11534

Mr ALBANESE (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) (4:08 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.

The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.

Mr ALBANESE —During question time today I stated that Port Macquarie council was dismissed for corruption. I correct the record. It was dismissed for incompetence. In a statement, the Minister for Local Government said—

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr ALBANESE —I am putting it on the record. In a statement the minister said that it was dismissed for misleading the community about the Port Macquarie cultural and entertainment centre, known as the Glasshouse; and that the estimate of the project was $6 million to $7 million and that it had blown out to $41.7 million. I am happy to correct the record.

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr ALBANESE —I am happy to correct the record and also to apologise if there were any aspersions cast on any individual.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER —Order! The matter has been dealt with.