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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 5534..


been made by the cemeteries trust or, indeed, by the government and no position has been put to the government on whether we should have either a cemetery or a crematorium.

Ms Le Couteur: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I specifically asked about the impact of the cost pressures on the type of cemetery proposed for the southern cemetery site, and Mr Stanhope has not yet come to that.

MR STANHOPE: Okay. I am not aware of any, Ms Le Couteur.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Le Couteur?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you. Has the government analysed the cost savings to the territory from building a natural cemetery, or has it only done, as the officials at the annual hearings said, a very solid piece of work on a crematorium, and what that will add to any cemetery that it is attached to?

MR STANHOPE: I will have to take that question on notice. I have not received the final work of the cemeteries trust in relation to the southern cemetery or the consultations. I will take the question on notice.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Chief Minister, has the government analysed the environmental benefits of natural cemeteries or has the focus been on maximising the financial gains of building a crematorium?

MR STANHOPE: Not that I am aware of.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, are you aware that the Tuggeranong site marked for a cemetery is an important wildlife corridor, and how do you plan to maintain this if the site is used for the southern cemetery?

MR STANHOPE: I am aware of the environmental and ecological issues in relation to the cemetery, and those are issues that are being considered.

Actew Corporation Ltd—profit

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, since the Stanhope government was elected, water prices in the ACT have risen by 106 per cent. Treasurer, given the higher prices faced by water consumers and given the recent relaxation of water restrictions, how much extra profit will the ACT government reap from ACT water consumers through Actew dividends this year?


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