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

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MR BARR: I do not believe that is a statement of fact. As such, it is difficult to respond to hypothetical assertions from the Leader of the Opposition.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, what involvement did Mr Lamont have with each of the entities as far as you are aware? To your knowledge, what involvement did Mr Lamont have with each of the entities involved in the UC deal?

MR BARR: I understand that Mr Lamont had a role with the University of Canberra.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, what did you do to satisfy yourself that there was no conflict of interest given the multiple roles that Mr Lamont was playing, and other lobbyists in his employ?

MR BARR: Mr Lamont had no role in the government decision-making process associated with providing a budget allocation, a budget grant, a capital grant, of $5 million towards the Brumbies headquarters, nor did Mr Lamont have any role in the ACT government's decision to also provide additional support towards that project by way of a lease variation charge waiver. The ACT government sought to support the ACT Brumbies and the University of Canberra through the establishment of that new high performance sports facility that hosts, amongst others, the ACT Brumbies. It also hosts a number of other community sport programs and sports research associated with the University of Canberra.

That is the purpose of that particular development: to strengthen the University of Canberra, particularly in its sports science research. As I understand, the University of Canberra is also working with the Australian Institute of Sport in its sports science research programs.

Planning—Brumbies lease variation

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, on Wednesday, when I asked who handled the negotiations for the Brumbies lease variation charge waiver, you said:

Those are matters that the Treasury has policy responsibility for.

Who was the Treasurer at the time, and what involvement did you or your office have in the decision to waive the LVC for the sale of the Brumbies land in Griffith?

MR BARR: I was the Treasurer at that time, and the Treasury advised the Treasurer, as you would expect.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.


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