Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 June 2011) . . Page.. 2813 ..
that is working. And the work that is being done is around influencing and seeking to influence, within the very small capacity that we have as an investor, to change particular behaviours.
The ACT government are very keen to look at ways where we can further influence these outcomes, but again I have to accept that we are a very small player with a very small voice in a much larger investment portfolio, and there are, I believe, genuinely—and I say this most genuinely—limited impacts that the ACT government can have in terms of exercising votes. As I understand it, all of those motions, and I will be corrected on this, were defeated by a vast majority of shareholders in those companies, in which the ACT government is a very small player.
MR SPEAKER: I would just like to take this brief moment to welcome Lee Hillier to the Assembly. He is a year 12 student from Erindale college who is undertaking work experience in Mr Doszpot’s office this week. I welcome you to the Assembly, Lee.
Questions without notice
MS PORTER: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to the Chief Minister. Can the Chief Minister advise the Assembly on what significant meetings she has attended since becoming Chief Minister, and what was the purpose of those meetings?
MS GALLAGHER: I am doing an Alistair Coe; I’m going to read it out. He will have a bit of diary envy by the time I have finished, I am sure.
In all seriousness I do think it is appropriate, given the opportunity, that I outline some of the work I have been undertaking since becoming Chief Minister. I have been working on a number of different issues, from having high level meetings with political leaders to attending small community functions like the Mount Taylor music festival. That is part of what I am learning in this job—one of the nicest things about this job is that I do have to attend small community events as a local member and also represent the ACT at the highest levels. I had a meeting with the Prime Minister on 26 May—I can hear how interested those opposite are—where I raised a number of issues, including funding support for the Majura parkway and also to discuss issues such as the territory rights bill and the centenary of Canberra celebrations, which of course will be a very important time for this city.
I also have met with the federal infrastructure minister, Mr Anthony Albanese. As a result of my meeting with the Prime Minister, we met again to discuss the Majura parkway project. I was very interested to see that the Leader of the Opposition on the weekend had a meeting with Barry O’Farrell about the Majura parkway. I would be very interested in seeing whether Mr O’Farrell is going to be interested in supporting a road that is not in his jurisdiction, but we will be very keen to accept any support from New South Wales for a project that is not part of their jurisdiction. Good luck with those discussions—maybe I can point you to the infrastructure minister, who actually has capacity to deliver the road? Maybe I could point you to Minister Crean