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It is not that there is one engagement and then there is never another engagement. The Authority has to balance a range of competing priorities and needs. Of course, the government provides about six times the amount of funding to the Authority that it collects through the levy mechanism. As I indicated in the budget debate earlier today, the levy raises at the moment about $2.35 million, with an expectation that over the forward estimates that will rise to about $2.4 million and then $2.45 million.
Mr Cain: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: What issue is there, Mr Cain?
Mr Cain: The question is very simple. Will the CRA be using the feedback from the Pollinate survey and workshops, noting it is not considered a representative sample. Simple question.
MADAM SPEAKER: The minister is responding to your question. I believe he is in order. Mr Barr.
MR BARR: Madam Speaker, to be very clear. It is not the only point of engagement. If the government disregarded all consultation that was not representative, Madam Speaker—I can see that application applied across so many other areas; there are many forms of consultation and engagement. That will not be the only one Mr Cain. But the point I am making is that you seem to think the levy funds the entirety of the CRA. It does not. It is a tiny amount of revenue that is raised, $2.35 million.
Mr Cain: Never said that. Never said that Chief Minister.
MR BARR: $2.35 million, Mr Cain. So your obsession with it is extraordinary.
MR CAIN: Chief Minister, how many years previously has the CRA done these surveys, and how many years have these surveys not met a representative sample size.
MR BARR: Thank you. The CRA came into existence in 2017, so the maximum answer to that question is five years Madam Speaker. I do not believe they would have used this particular engagement methodology in each of those years, but I will have that confirmed. I know they have also held a range of other means of engagement across different regions within the City Renewal Authority precinct.
Mr Cain: You will take that on notice?
MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, what will you be doing next year to ensure the survey receives a representative sample.
MR BARR: Thank you. Well that is really in the hands of those who wish to participate Madam Speaker. There is only so much the government can do if people do not take up their opportunities—
Mr Cain: Clearly you are not doing enough Chief Minister.