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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1467..


MS LAWDER: Minister, why is there no biodiversity offset management plan available online as required under the commonwealth approval?

MR RATTENBURY: The answer I have signed today to send back to Ms Lawder provides her with a range of information that is available online. I would note that I only took these questions on notice a week ago. I have signed the answers off this morning. I think that is clearly a quick turnaround and it is a fairly detailed level of information. I hope that Ms Lawder will find that information useful. If not, I would be happy to answer further questions once she has seen that detailed information.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, are you confident that Ngunnawal 2C is delivering the intended biodiversity outcomes?

MR RATTENBURY: As I indicated in my first answer, I will seek further advice on that and provide the Assembly with more detailed information.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, can you please outline the funding arrangements for the management of this offset site?

MR RATTENBURY: I will also take that on notice and provide the information with the other information I have undertaken to provide.

Federal government—budget

MS PORTER: My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please update the Assembly about how the commonwealth budget issued yesterday will impact the ACT budget?

MR BARR: Badly is the short answer to Ms Porter's question. All states and territories are going to bear the brunt of the cost shift from the commonwealth to our own budgets. New South Wales indicated they think it will be in the order of $1.5 billion on their budget and they are now calling for an emergency meeting of COAG in order to discuss the budget. Mike Baird, the New South Wales Premier, has described last night's budget as a kick in the guts for the states and territories. Even Campbell Newman, the great cutter of the north, says that these cuts are unacceptable. Campbell Newman thinks they are unacceptable. The more refined approach from our Victorian colleagues is that Premier Napthine believes these cuts are extremely concerning.

Other state and territory leaders and state and territory treasurers around the country are equally concerned. It will have a significant impact on all of our budgets. The impacts from these cuts are across the board. They impact in terms of direct cuts in funding for programs and agreements signed up to between the commonwealth and


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