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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . .

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MR CORBELL: Very detailed work.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will you publish the work that has been completed to estimate the 25-minute travel time? How many stops would need to be abolished for light rail to achieve a speed of 40 kilometres per hour average?

MR CORBELL: The second part of Mr Wall's question is hypothetical. In relation to the first part, all of the relevant information is already publicly available.

Budget—community sector levy

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, in estimates hearings community sector representatives voiced their concern about the extension of the community sector reform program levy of 0.34 per cent in the 2015-16 ACT budget. They said that they had not been consulted or informed that it was going to be re-applied for two years. Minister, what is the indexation rate for community sector organisations when adjusted for the community sector reform program levy of 0.34 per cent?

MS BERRY: The indexation of the community sector funding has reduced from 2.9 per cent last financial year to 2.7 per cent in 2015-16 due to the decrease in the wage cost index.

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, about relevance. My question was about when it was adjusted for the 0.34 per cent community sector program levy, not adjusted for the wage cost index.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have anything to add to the answer, Ms Berry?

MS BERRY: No, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when was the indexation rate for community sector organisations last reviewed, and when was it last compared to other jurisdictions?

MS BERRY: I do not think I can give the member information on when the actual rates were reviewed, but for the 2014-15 budget these rates were applied to be eligible for community sector funding. They were calculated on the wage-price index, which will reduce by 0.25 per cent to 0.75 per cent, and on the consumer price index, which will remain the same, at about 2.5 per cent.

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order.


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