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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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through to the city through a regular light rail service would a great boon for retailers and other operators and business owners in the city centre. It has been very strongly welcomed by city traders and retailers. They understand the potential of that connection proceeding. It has been well received by the management of the defence department. It has been well received by other government offices along the route, such as ASIO. They understand the significant benefits it will bring for their employees. We welcome that engagement and we will be testing the market, through the RFP process, to determine its affordability and whether or not it should be included in stage 1.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, if you do not want to pre-empt the market, why did you release the $610 million and $173 million figures?

MR CORBELL: We did that as part of the development of a detailed business case to determine to proceed with Alinga Street through to Hibberson Street in Gungahlin. We have not yet determined to proceed from Civic to Russell. We have said we will investigate it further and consider its affordability. Once we see the pricing from the market, we will complete the business case analysis and determine whether or not we should proceed.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will a business case be produced for any possible extension to Russell? If not, why not; and if yes, when will it be publicly available?

MR CORBELL: Mr Wall should have listened to my earlier answer because I just provided him with that information.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, would an extension to Russell increase the annual availability payments required to be paid by the government to a private consortium?

MR CORBELL: That will be determined through the competitive process.

Health—bush healing farm

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Minister, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body was established under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 with an aim to represent the interests of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Given the charter of the elected body, can you explain why the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body was not informed about the asbestos contamination at the site of the bush healing farm?

MR CORBELL: Madam Speaker, I am responsible for matters involving the Ngunnawal bush healing farm; it is an ACT Health project. I will take the question.


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