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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . .

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MR BARR: No I am not aware of any.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what actions have you taken to ensure that LDA property transactions are above board?

MR BARR: The government has put in place a range of protocols that are publicly available.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what investigations have taken place in the last year regarding questionable transactions within or involving the LDA?

MR BARR: I am not aware of any questionable transactions.

Budget—Cultural Facilities Corporation

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister about yesterday's budget. Chief Minister, yesterday in your budget, on page 207 of budget paper B, it states that there has been a nine per cent reduction in jobs at the Cultural Facilities Corporation. These eight staff were working in the management of local cultural assets, including the Canberra Theatre, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Nolan gallery, Lanyon and Calthorpe's House. Minister, what is the justification for these job cuts?

MR BARR: I will examine that particular budget paper and provide information to the shadow treasurer, but I will not take on face value the statement he has just made.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why did you have a news conference to announce your criticism of federal government cuts in museum staff and cultural facilities while you were hiding your own cuts on page 207 of budget paper B?

MR BARR: I do not accept the assertion in the shadow treasurer's question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, will you or the minister for arts restore staff numbers in the Cultural Facilities Corporation?

MR BARR: Again, I do not accept the assertion in the member's question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will there be further cuts to the Cultural Facilities Corporation?


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