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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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sport star of the year programs to continue in coming years", what assurances can you give to the community that the government will continue these popular programs as per the commitment?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. I note that he really answered his question in his question, because I will be talking with the community and sports sector in the ACT about how we can best celebrate our athletes in the ACT, whether that is through an organisation like ACTSport or an ACTSport function or something else. Once we have fully consulted and spoken with the sporting sector and listened to the ACT sporting community about the kinds of ways they would like to celebrate sporting heroes in this town then we will be able to go forward with that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what consultation have you had with ACTSport or the sporting community in regards to the programs?

MS BERRY: I personally have not met with ACTSport. I have been the minister for only a couple of weeks now but I understand the previous minister did meet with the former chair of ACTSport. The board of ACTSport met on 30 June and resolved that they would proceed with the course of action of winding up their operations.

I personally have not met with anyone because, as I said, I have been the minister for only a couple of weeks. I know that the former minister did meet with them and that ACTSport did decide at their board meeting on 30 June that they would wind up their operations. I am actually currently in the process of arranging for a meeting to occur.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what changes to the hall of fame and sports star of the year programs are you currently considering?

MS BERRY: I will be able to inform the Assembly of that once I have continued my conversations with the sporting community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will you detail to the Assembly the rounds of consultation that you intend to have with the sporting community.

MS BERRY: Yes, I can do that.

Expenditure review—concessions

MR COE: Madam Speaker, I have a question for the Treasurer. I refer to the ongoing review of concessions that has been underway for some time. Chief Minister, will you rule out removing rates concessions from schools?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Coe; I did not hear the end of that.


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