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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 343..


The substantive point of order is that the question that Mr Doszpot asked was not about per capita funding; it was about whole funding in millions of dollars. That was the original question, and the supplementary question is: have there been any equipment purchases delayed or abandoned?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you. Minister, the information you did give previously. Perhaps you could now focus on Mr Doszpot's question.

MR CORBELL: I am giving it again, Mr Speaker, because they clearly did not understand the answer. If they did understand the answer—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: they would not have asked the question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, the question was: have there been any equipment purchases delayed or abandoned? Mr Corbell is persistently refusing to follow your directive to answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, let us have the answer to the question, thank you.

MR CORBELL: Not as a result of these spending figures.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: If they have not been abandoned because of these spending figures, what equipment has been delayed or abandoned and what was the reason for the delay or abandonment?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware of any, Mr Speaker, but I am happy to check the record and provide further advice if possible.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when will the funding to ACT Fire and Rescue be restored?

MR CORBELL: There has been no reduction in funding to ACT Fire and Rescue. The figures that Mr Smyth is referring to in the ROGS report include a one-off revenue item involving the transfer of land worth $2.7 million. That is the reason for the variance. There has been no reduction in the level of operational expenditure for the ACT Fire Brigade. How hard is it to read a factual piece of paper from the Productivity Commission and how hard is it to understand that we are delivering the same service at a lower price. That indicates more efficient service delivery.


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