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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will you now table the modelling which shows that fixing Mr Fluffy homes will have the same economic impact as the discontinued projects?

MR BARR: That modelling is, of course, based on an infrastructure spend in the economy. If you are spending the same amount in the same types of economic activity, then it is going to have a similar effect.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Treasurer, could you tell us more about the impact of the Mr Fluffy clean-up on ACT small businesses?

MR BARR: Out of a tragedy like this there will be some opportunity for local industry to assist the government and, indeed, those households to recover, to construct new homes and to ensure that we are, as a community, able to assist those who find themselves in this most difficult of circumstances. I have no doubt that the local construction industry will play an important role, and it has been very pleasing to see the level of engagement already from organisations like the HIA, the MBA and the Real Estate Institute and others who, I am sure, will work closely with government and with households to ensure that we manage this particular challenge appropriately.

Whilst I do not think anyone in those sectors was seeking an economic stimulus of this kind, there will be a significant level of construction activity associated with this particular clean-up process. It is not an economic stimulus that people would seek but it is one that will clearly be there in the coming years.

ACT Ambulance Service—enterprise bargaining

MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, the new EBA for the ACT Ambulance Service was due to commence in July last year. Can you please update the Assembly on the progress of the EBA?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. The EBA is close to finalisation, and I understand that the process has the support of the union representing ambulance officers as we proceed through the finalisation of the EBA.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what has the government offered our paramedics?

MR CORBELL: Negotiations with the TWU commenced in relation to the EBA in October last year. They are now complete. Agreement has been reached in principle, with the drafting currently being finalised, and that final draft will then be reviewed by the parties prior to the commencement of the consideration period and a ballot by staff.


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