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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, is the government paying for any such audit or further investigations? Will those investigations, if they go ahead, look at the role played by Mr David Lamont or his associates or companies in the affairs of the Brumbies over the past few years?

MR BARR: I will need to take the detail of the financial elements of that question on notice and I will get back to the Assembly in relation to the second part of the question. I think it would be unlikely that there would be a link between the two. The inference that—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: The inference that the questioner makes I think would be categorised as mischievous.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will this audit look at the LVC waiver granted to the Brumbies in 2013? Will the audit look at the partnership between the Brumbies, the University of Canberra and the ACT government in the UC sports hub?

MR BARR: The information that we are seeking from the Brumbies relates to their financial circumstances, not the matters that Mr Smyth refers to.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, did any official in CMTEDD receive a copy of the KPMG report, given the ACT government, through UC and the Griffith LVC issue, is a key stakeholder in this affair?

MR BARR: Not that I am aware of; but it would appear that some on the other side of the chamber are in receipt of a document that has been suppressed by the courts and they should treat that accordingly.

Asbestos—property sales

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the first of the Mr Fluffy blocks not purchased by the previous owners have begun to be sold at auction. Prior to voluntarily surrendering their blocks, the previous owners were told that the government estimated that their blocks would be sold back to them at up to 25 per cent above unimproved value. We now know that blocks are being offered to the original owners at 40 per cent more than the unimproved value. Chief Minister, why are you charging so much more than what was originally advised to the previous owners?


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