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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 November 2010) . . Page.. 5439 ..


MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, in your opinion, your expert opinion, do you think that the students at the soon to be opened Catholic college will enjoy a 50-metre pool or a 25-metre pool?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order, Mr Hanson.

Sport and recreation—Greater Western Sydney Football Club

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, did the government conduct a cost-benefit analysis or other economic or financial analysis before agreeing to the deal with GWS? If so, what were the outcomes? If not, why not?

MR BARR: Yes, the government has been engaged in this discussion, I think, for about two or three years, ever since it was apparent that an 18th franchise would be entering the AFL competition and our arrangements with North Melbourne, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs were going to come to an end as a result of a direction from the AFL or a lack of desire by those clubs to sell matches interstate. Yes, this work has been underway for some time.

I understand, Mr Speaker, that both you and the shadow minister for sport and recreation have sought a formal briefing in relation to the details of the partnership agreement with the AFL. As I understand it, a time has been set for this Thursday morning. I am sure full details of the elements of the partnership between the government, the community and business sectors in the ACT and the AFL can be discussed at some length, including the details in relation to the economic benefits from the partnership for the territory.

I think it is interesting to note, in light of some of the commentary and positions of individuals before and after the announcement—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I have let the minister go on for a minute and a half. My question was quite specific. It was: has the government conducted any cost-benefit or other financial or economic analysis of the deal? He has gone on for a minute and a half and has not answered that question.

MR BARR: I said yes.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I think Mr Barr did address that in his answer. I think he is free to give some other information as well. I think I did hear him answer it.

MR BARR: Thank you. To repeat for Mrs Dunne, yes. And a full briefing is being provided to the shadow minister for sport and the Greens’ spokesperson on sport on Thursday morning in relation to all elements of the partnership between the ACT, our


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