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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3421 ..


ACT plates, she had an ACT licence, and she was legally able to be the designated driver when they went out on the town in Wollongong. These are things that we need to take into account.

I thank Miss Burch for her motion today. I note the tone that is coming from the ALP. I think that the ALP would be better served if they just fessed up and said, "Miss Burch is right; let's rule these things out"; but let us have a conversation about the wider way of ensuring that our children are the safest drivers possible.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.34 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Clubs—community contributions

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. This morning the media reported that one of your ministers made a stunning backflip on his attack on community club contributions, saying that clubs would retain control of the distribution of the current allocation. However, the government will "increase the required amount of contribution, and a portion of that additional amount will go to the Chief Minister's charitable fund". Treasurer, will the assets of the Chief Minister's charitable fund be on or off the books of the ACT government?

MR BARR: I believe they will be off the books of the government. The grant is to an organisation that members are aware of, Hands Across Canberra, but there is a governance structure in place. I will ensure that the accounting treatment that will therefore then be in place will reflect the appropriate arms-length nature of the organisation. My understanding is that, under current Australian accounting rules, that would mean that it would sit off the ACT government books, but I will confirm that for the member and advise the Assembly.

MR COE: Treasurer, are you proposing that the additional two per cent will go directly to the Hands Across Canberra managed fund, or will it go via the ACT government?

MR BARR: There are a number of elements contained within that question that presume an amount and a process that are not correct. I am not making an announcement of government policy today, and the Leader of the Opposition would be aware that he should not be seeking an announcement of government policy through a question, but I would certainly point out that the assumptions around the percentage rate and the process, or suggestion, that he has in his question have no basis in fact.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, what specific governance arrangements will be put in place to oversee this new fund?


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