Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .
MR BARR: That depends on which company you are keeping, but in the context of the Assembly, I agree with you, Madam Speaker.
Madam Speaker, there are a number of policy paths available to the government. We could take the austerity path. We could take the path preferred by Liberal governments around this country of seeking to get back into surplus off the back of massive job cuts in order to pay for reckless promises. It is what state Liberal governments have done around this country. We could seek to adopt that playbook, but we will not. We will not be cutting thousands of jobs in order to return to surplus. The government I lead will not do that. We will return to surplus in a measured way: without job cuts and done in a fair and balanced way. That is the very clear contrast between the job cutters opposite and those who support more jobs for our city, who sit on this side of the chamber.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development and minister for tourism. Minister, when were you first advised that the Aquis sponsorship arrangements with the Brumbies contained a clause allowing them to cease their sponsorship in September if they did not obtain poker machines?
MR BARR: I have no ministerial responsibility for sponsorship arrangements between the Brumbies and private sponsors.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, did Aquis threaten to end the contract if the government did not allow the casino to have poker machines?
MR BARR: Again, I do not have any responsibility for the sponsorship arrangements of the ACT Brumbies.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Chief Minister, have you met with representatives of Aquis while on any of your overseas delegations, and if so, can you provide details of those meetings?
MR BARR: I do not believe so, but I will check the record to be sure.
MR HANSON: Minister, what role, if any, does your government play in monitoring the sponsorship arrangements as part of its performance agreement with the Brumbies?
MR BARR: None, I believe. But again, I will check the record to ensure that that is a correct statement.
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