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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (15 September) . . Page.. 3954..


MS GALLAGHER: I have certainly discussed this with Treasury and I am advised that the enlarged Cotter Dam at the price of $363 million is economically viable and that there is not any choice about whether we go ahead and build the dam. I am satisfied with the advice that I have been given.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch?

MS BURCH: Thank you. Can the Treasurer share with the Assembly and talk to us about the strength of the ACT balance sheet?

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, Ms Burch; that is not relevant to the first question.

MS BURCH: There was—

Mr Stanhope: Point of order—

MR SPEAKER: Actually, yes, fair enough.

MS BURCH: AAA credit rating goes to the balance sheet.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Treasurer?

MS GALLAGHER: The ACT balance sheet is one of the strongest in the country. We have—

Mr Stanhope: I think it is the strongest in the country. I think it may be the strongest balance sheet in the country.

MS GALLAGHER: In fact, I think it is the strongest.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, will you table in the Assembly the cost-benefit analysis of the project to enlarge the Cotter Dam?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take some advice on that, Mr Speaker, and I am happy to come back to the Assembly.

Pace Farm—battery hens

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns the cages at Parkwood egg farm. Are you aware that the cage door, as distinct from the floor space, is too small to meet the poultry welfare code requirements and will the government enforce the law and ensure that Parkwood upgrades its cages to comply with all aspects of the code?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Le Couteur for that question. The short answer is no, I was not aware that the cage facilities provided by Pace at Parkwood did not meet Australian standards. In fact, I believe that the advice that I have received in relation


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