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

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MR COE: What due diligence was done before the decision was made to waive the $7.5 million lease variation charge for the Griffith site?

MR BARR: Full due diligence.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, what advice did Treasury provide to you about whether the lease variation clause should be granted? What advice was given by other directorates about that matter?

MR BARR: The Treasury provided advice to me that the lease variation charge waiver was supportable and I supported such a lease variation charge waiver for the purposes that I have outline previously.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, who was the leaseholder at the time of the LVC waiver?

MR BARR: The ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union Inc. That is my understanding.

Planning—Brumbies lease variation

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister regarding the Brumbies' move to the University of Canberra. Chief Minister, have you personally held any discussions with Mr Lamont about the waiver of the lease variation charge for the Brumbies?

MR BARR: I believe I would have discussed the matter with Mr Lamont once I had made a public announcement in relation to the government's intention. I wrote to Mr Fagan, the then CEO of the Brumbies, in September of 2012, indicating that the government was prepared to consider a waiver up to a certain value. And then subsequently, once the value was assessed by the ACT Planning and Land Authority through the usual processes, I approved a waiver of the value of just a little over $7.5 million with the specific purpose of that being allocated towards the new project at the University of Canberra which, I note, is completed. The Brumbies and other organisations now operate from that facility.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, will you now table all documents regarding the lease variation charge waiver to the Brumbies?

MR BARR: Yes, I am happy to provide the lease variation charge waiver documents.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.


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