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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 864..


Centre. This left the TASC room available for a collocation to occur providing benefits and efficiencies to the operations of the Mental Health service. The extent of renovations was the result of the need to provide an up to date working and teaching environment, and meet government voice and data communication requirements.

(4) There are no plans for the removal of the CALCAM team from the TASC room.

(5) (a)

The renovation project commenced on 19 March 2003.

(b)

In order to meet the Calvary deadline, work to make the building ready for occupation was completed by 26 March 2003. All other work, including the provision of phone and data cabling, heating and cooling, additional car parking and security were progressively undertaken while the buildings were occupied, to June 2003. At that stage the project was substantially completed. Minor changes continued to be made until the end of the year.

(6) There is no impact on the 2003-2004 Capital Works Program as funding was approved in that program for the CALCAM Project to provide the cash that was used in 2002-03.

Goods and services tax

(Question No 1282)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to the goods and services tax (GST) and further to the reply to Question on notice No 1154:

(1) What revisions, if any, have been made by the ACT Government to the estimates of revenue to be derived from the GST in 2003-04, following the release of the Commonwealth's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook in December 2003;

(2) What revisions, if any, have been made to estimates of GST revenue for the ACT for the outyears;

(3) Further to the answer to paragraph (4) of Question on notice No 1154, does the ACT produce its own estimates of revenues to be derived from the GST and, if so, how have these estimates differed from the estimates prepared by the Commonwealth; and

(4) What factors, in addition to population and the size of the GST pool, are used by the ACT to derive estimates of GST revenues?

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The latest estimate of GST revenue to the ACT in 2003-04, as published in the Commonwealth's 2003-04 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, is $648.7m or +$14.2m from the previous estimate of $634.5m. This upward revision is a result of growth in the estimated 2003-04 GST revenue pool.


This variation was not reflected in the recently released ACT Budget Mid Year Review as it will be subject to further revision in the lead up to the 2004 Treasurers' Conference.

(2) No revisions have been made in line with the approach outlined in (1) above, due primarily to a timing issue.


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