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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 388 ..

(4) Will a copy of the working group's report be made available to interested parties, including myself, and if not, why not;

(5) If the AIHS has cost $30 million since opening in 1995, how much additional funding has been written off by governments in each of the periods from 1995 to 2002 (to 31 December);

(6) What is the (a) cost per graduate over the period at (5) above and, (b) how many people have graduated in this period

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The working group consists of the following members:

� Mr Neil Bulless, Department of Treasury;

� Mr Glen Gaskill, Department of Treasury;

� Mr David Hughes, Department of Treasury;

� Mr Andrew Wilson, Chief Minister's Department; and

� Mr Trevor Wheeler, Department of Education, Youth and Family Services

(2) The working group is expected to provide its advice to the Government in late April 2003.

(3) Alternative options, such as closer ties with the CIT, cannot be investigated if the AIHS was closed. Therefore the Government has decided to keep the school open so that options can be investigated.

(4) The working group will be providing advice to the Government on the findings of its investigation rather than the publication of a report. The Government will make public its decision on the future operation of the AIHS, and the basis of its decision, following consideration of the working group's advice.

(5) The AIHS has not cost $30 million since 1995 as suggested in the

Member's question. Rather, the $30 million refers to Government

support received by the AIHS since 1995 and consists of:

� the transfer of the Hotel Kurrajong to the Government at a book value

of $10.9 million;

� debt totalling $11.8 million converted to equity; and

� a waiver of loans and outstanding interest totalling $7.3 million.

There has been no funding written off in addition to the $30 million support over the period 1995 to 2002.

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