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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2034..


State of the territory's finances

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

State of the Territory's Finances, as at 31 October 2001-Response to the Blessington Analysis of the Commission of Audit Report, dated June 2002.

I ask for leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, members will recall that the Leader of the Opposition has tabled an analysis prepared by Mr Paul Blessington in response to the commission of audit's report on the territory's finances as at 31 October 2001. The commission has reviewed the Blessington analysis and provided me with a response. Given that the Blessington analysis was put on the Assembly record, I consider it necessary to table the commission's response in the Assembly as well.

I will not make comment on this response. I will just leave it to the public and to members to judge the validity of the Blessington analysis. I commend the commission of audit's response to the Assembly.

Questions without notice

Immunisation rates

MR STANHOPE: Yesterday, I took on notice a question by Ms Dundas on immunisation rates. I table a copy of the answer. I present the following paper:

Immunisation rates-Copy of answer to question taken on notice asked by Ms Dundas on 5 June 2002.

Gungahlin-broadband services

MR QUINLAN: During question time, Mrs Cross asked a question which seemed to connect a request by TransACT for ACT business incentive scheme assistance with Gungahlin. I have had that checked. There is absolutely no connection between the rollout in Gungahlin and the application that TransACT did make. I have to say that any connection made in a public statement by, say, a press release would be, at best, misguided and symptomatic of a fundamental lack of understanding of business finance and, at worst, less than honest.


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