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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2422..

to Mr Barr, this project is to be had whatever the cost. But what about the need for fiscal prudence? They do not even know how much a ticket will cost on the metro and they do not know how much subsidy taxpayers will have to pay to keep it running.

What about the convention centre? The lack of commitment to the convention centre is illustrated in the budget paper where the government has $800,000 to look into the convention centre under the city to the lake assessment. I understand that the convention centre might get $200,000 this year. In other words, this is not a front-and-centre priority. But yet at yesterday's budget breakfast, I have been advised from a credible source that the Treasurer stated that he was "happy to look into fast-tracking this project and bringing it forward".

But what did he tell us yesterday, Mr Assistant Speaker? Let me read the quote and what he said about the convention centre yesterday. He said:

We need to consider whether a significant expansion and improvement of the existing facility or a new facility on a new site in the CBD is appropriate in the next few years.

Which is it, Mr Barr? Are you committed to a new one or are you going to refurb the old one? The community is waiting for your answer.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee


MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (3.59): Pursuant to standing order 174, I move:

That the Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-2014 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2013-2014.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee


MR COE (Ginninderra) (3.59): Pursuant to standing order 223, I move:

That Mr Seselja be discharged from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Mr Coe be appointed in his place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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