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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . .

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The relationship between the Brumbies and the University of Canberra is one principally struck between those two entities. The government, of course, did provide support through a financial grant for the construction. So we made a contribution towards the construction of the Brumbies headquarters at the University of Canberra.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what involvement has the ACT government had in the recent events related to the management of the Brumbies?

MR BARR: At the request of the chairman of the Brumbies board, together with the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rugby Union, I met with those gentlemen a few weeks ago. They presented to me an assurance that the matters that pertain to the Brumbies remain matters that pertain to the Brumbies, and that the ACT government would not be required to provide any financial assistance to the organisation, as the organisation's financial situation was robust, and that they had the full backing of the Australian Rugby Union.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: What advice did the ACT government provide to the Brumbies regarding the sale of the headquarters in Griffith?

MR BARR: I do not believe the ACT government would have provided the Brumbies with any advice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, does the ACT government have a copy of the KPMG report about the sale of the headquarters? Are any ACT government officials adversely named in this report?

MR BARR: No, and I explicitly asked the chief executive and the chairman of the Brumbies when they came to see me in relation to the report, "Was the ACT government in any way involved?" and they categorically said, "No."

Council of Australian Governments—meeting

MR HINDER: My question is for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the outcomes of the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments held in Canberra last Friday?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Hinder for the question. I had two goals in attending COAG last week: firstly, to stand up for our city's health and education systems and then to argue for good public policy for our country.

The future of Canberra's hospitals, along with those in every state and territory in the country, depended on the commonwealth owning up to its previous horrific error of


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