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Attorney-General and Justice – Stadium

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2023

Tags: Stadium, Macquarie Point, AFL, State Budget

Dr WOODRUFF - I am pleased to hear that. On another issue, were you, as a member of Cabinet, briefed on the AFL deal and the stadium ahead of the signing and the announcement?

Ms ARCHER - Chair, the AFL is certainly not within the Justice portfolio, and -

Dr WOODRUFF - But you're the Attorney-General.

Ms ARCHER - I will not comment on Cabinet in-confidence matters. We never, ever talk about what is discussed in Cabinet, and certainly not what is presented to Cabinet. I won't be responding any further than to say that Cabinet conversations are exactly that: Cabinet in-confidence.

Dr WOODRUFF - But you could tell us whether you had that knowledge before the stadium announcement.

Ms ARCHER - What I can say is that I fully support the AFL deal and I fully support the stadium and I fully support my Cabinet colleagues and I fully have total regard, particularly as Attorney-General, for the process of Cabinet and will maintain Cabinet confidentiality at all times. That's certainly my role as a Cabinet minister, and I will strenuously uphold that principle as Attorney-General and First Law Officer of the state.

Ms HADDAD - Returning to the north-west, there's obviously been a lot of public interest in the Burnie Court. The community made their views very clear about the concept of moving the court out of the CBD. It's very warmly welcomed that the decision was reversed, and that the court will remain in the CBD.

I am just wondering a couple of things. First of all, has the land been purchased? If so, at what cost? If not, how much will it cost to purchase the new site? What are your time lines for having the new court built and ready for use?

Ms ARCHER - In relation to scoping and infrastructure and timelines, I think we need Mr Shephard here at the table because of the process we've conducted in relation to 100 106 Wilson Street. I don't know if you've seen the site, but there's quite a bit of work to do in terms of seeing what we need to do, what we need to demolish, and the like.

Mr Colin Shephard is Director of Strategic Infrastructure Projects within the Department of Justice.

Mr SHEPHERD - Thank you Attorney-General, and through you, we are currently in negotiations with the proponents of the property, and we have a meeting with them in a couple of weeks. They're coming down. We're looking to do an acquisition by agreement. That's where we're at with that process. With regard to the time line for the construction, it's effectively a new project now, so we’re re-baselining. We're looking to do the project work within the next 12 to 18 months to start construction, and then it'll probably be an 18-month construction. That's the sort of time frame that we're looking at.