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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1734..


MR SMYTH: Treasurer, what analysis has been done of the potential impact of this sale on electricity bills for residents of the ACT?

MR BARR: The government's consideration of asset sales under the commonwealth government's asset recycling initiative is ongoing, and we are proceeding with our sale of ACTTAB as the first priority under that program.

MR WALL: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Treasurer, what is the government's process in selling its street lights?

MR BARR: Over the course of the commonwealth government's asset recycling initiative, which expires on 30 June 2016, the government will undertake bilateral negotiations with the commonwealth in relation to that particular initiative. The initiative of the national partnership that has been entered into between the ACT and the commonwealth requires commonwealth government approval of both the asset for sale and the new asset that the proceeds of the sale will be directed towards. The government would intend, obviously, to have an open and competitive process in relation to the sale of assets in order to maximise the return to the community and then seek, obviously with the 15 per cent bonus that the commonwealth government is providing, to invest the proceeds of that sale, or of any sale, in new community infrastructure.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Treasurer, what discussions has the government had with ACTEW with regard to the proposed sale?

MR BARR: ActewAGL would be a party that I imagine would be interested in such an opportunity.

Budget—health funding

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you outline for the Assembly the funding that has been provided in the ACT budget for health services in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Berry for her question and for her interest in health services in the ACT. As members will see from the budget paper, the government's number one priority continues to be our investment in health. It delivers more than $164 million over four years for growth and new initiatives in the ACT health system. The government is making a record investment in health, allocating almost $1.4 billion in 2014-15.

The budget will also deliver $122 million over four years in capital funding to a range of different programs within the health infrastructure program. These investments


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