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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (19 March) . . Page.. 510..


MS GALLAGHER: The most senior position in the health infrastructure program at the moment is at the executive director level, so there has been a restructure and upgrading of that position. That position will be advertised. There will not be further supplementation sought to support that position. So it is being funded internally. In terms of arrangements around a restructure, that would depend on applicants for the job. I understand there is one individual who has left ACT Health through the restructuring of his position.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what impact will these changes have on existing capital programs, if any?

MS GALLAGHER: They will not have any impact on existing capital programs. Really the work and the review that has been undertaken into the health infrastructure program and governance of it, which is something that Dr Brown and I have been working on, were to recognise the workload involved with the health infrastructure program and the fact that the leadership of it needs to be at a more senior level to drive that project from what was originally intended and also to relieve some of the workload of the existing Director General, to have a more senior position. But it will not affect any of the projects at all.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: What staffing, administrative and restructuring costs will be incurred in order to enable these changes?

MS GALLAGHER: The major change will be the upgrade of the position from executive director to deputy director-general status. But as I said, that will be funded internally. It is not expected that there will be other significant changes to staffing positions.

Housing—land rent scheme

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, on 6 March 2014 an advertisement was posted on allhomes regarding an undeveloped block at 21 Dooley Binbin Street in Bonner for sale at $35,000. The advertisement noted the following: the advertised price is to purchase the ACT land rent from the seller; doing so obliges the buyer to pay land rent to the ACT government, either at four per cent ULV each year or two per cent ULV each year depending on buyer circumstances.

Minister, can you clarify whether this is, in fact, a person selling the right to the land rent contract of an undeveloped block for profit?

MR BARR: I will need to take some advice on the nature of the contract in relation to that particular property, but certainly the provisions of the land rent scheme that I imagine would apply to that block, given the suburb it is in and the time frame in


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