Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1488..
Australian International Hotel School
(Question No 142)
Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 10 April 2002:
In relation to the Australian International Hotel School (AIHS):
(1) Has the Government recently confirmed the AIHS will continue to operate for another 3 years.
(2) If so, how much money has been allocated for this purpose in the period.
(3) Why has this decision been taken when the final stage 4 report of the AIHS review is awaited by the board (Reply to question on notice number 84).
(4) Why did the Government not wait for the report of the AIHS Review before committing further taxpayers' funds for another 3 years to this venture.
(5) Is not this commitment to another 3 years funding a pre-emption of the Board's recommendations to Government on the full review and if not, why not.
(6) What was the total cost of the full review into the AIHS.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) The Government has made no commitment on the continued operations of the AIHS. Any decisions made will be following the outcome of stage 4 of the independent review and an objective assessment on the future viability of the AIHS.
(2) The 2001-02 Budget allocated a $2m subsidy to the AIHS for the current financial year and forward estimates showed a subsidy of $1.5m for subsequent years to 2004-05. The notes to the AIHS's financial statements in the 2001-02 Budget state that "This Government support is subject to the outcome of the strategic review currently being conducted in the AIHS". This position remains unchanged.
(3) See response to Question (1).
(4) See response to Question (1).
(5) See response to Question (1).
(6) The costs of the full review totalled $192,060 including GST plus direct expenses incurred. The final payment of $54,560 will not be made until the Board receives the consultants' final report.