Page 2032 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 28 June 2023

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MR PETTERSSON: Chief Minister, what are other areas of focus in federal financial relations over the coming six to 12 months?

MR BARR: There is a significant work program for the Council on Federal Financial Relations over the next six to 12 months. We are working closely with the federal government to ensure that across the projects that treasurers’ have oversight of—housing, health, skills, environment, climate change, NDIS and transport infrastructure—we are engaged as both treasurers and through the national cabinet as first ministers on each of these important national partnerships or national reform initiatives. Resolving the federal governments position on the GST ‘no worse off’ guarantee though is a significant matter for the states and territories. I think it is necessary to resolve this matter in the coming financial year so as the states and territories go into their 2024-2025 budget process we can do so with confidence in relation to our single largest revenue source.

MS ORR: Chief Minister, how is the engagement with the current federal government different to that of the previous federal government?

MR BARR: It could only be described as light years apart. We get early engagement on shared priorities. The states and territories are considered a partner in the delivery of solutions, rather than the enemy. There is a willingness from the commonwealth to substantially engage with the states and territories, to work together to solve complex problems.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members.

MR BARR: As someone who endured 67 national cabinet meetings under the previous government and now has been able to be involved in about a dozen with the new government, light years apart, Madam Speaker.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR BARR: Light years apart.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr.

Transport Canberra—bus services

MRS KIKKERT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, you cut over a dozen bus services in Ginninderra in the last network update. The new network now has the last bus from Civic to Belconnen leaving at 11.13 pm on weekdays. It used to be 12.17 am. MyWay data indicates that you may have left over 25 people a day who used to board a bus between those times without an affordable way home.


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