Page 590 - Week 02 - Thursday, 17 February 2005

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whatever we could—virtually broker a meeting between new enterprises and those enterprises that had already been down the road.

That is what the springboard program is about. We set up and invited the experienced businesses of the ACT to come along and hear a presentation on what this process is about and possibly to become panel members and provide their experience to those just setting out on the path of enterprise building, export or overseas distribution.

The reaction of the business community was phenomenal. I have been to a number of launches and events over the time I have held this portfolio, but I have to say that more than 150 of Canberra’s leading business people, entrepreneurs and innovators turned up to the launch of the springboard program and it was probably the nearest thing I have seen to the total A list of business in the ACT in one room.

Arising out of that, we now have a growing number of very successful businesses in the ACT signing on to the panels that will provide the benefit of their experience and knowledge to businesses as they grow. I am very happy to see that happening and to be part of that process.

Of all the businesses that we are assisting and have assisted, some will not make it. But this program makes sure that everyone gets the maximum chance to succeed, to grow in the ACT and grow into exporters from the ACT, and to build the economy and reputation of Canberra.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Bushfires—coronial inquest

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I took a question on notice from Mr Mulcahy in relation to legal costs. Indeed, Mr Seselja asked supplementary questions in relation to the same issue. The answer that I now have responds to the question of Mr Mulcahy and to a question asked by Mr Seselja in relation to the extent to which legal costs incurred in the inquest have been reimbursed under our insurance arrangements. For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Coronial Inquest—Legal costs—Answer to questions without notice —

Asked of Mr Stanhope by Mr Mulcahy and taken on notice on 7 December 2004.

Asked of Mr Quinlan by Mr Seselja and taken on notice on 16 February 2005.

To date, $7.4 million has been incurred in costs and just under $5 million of the $7.4 million has been recouped in insurance payments. To date, of the $7.4 million paid, $4.925 million has been recouped. Included in the moneys recouped under our insurance policies, I am advised, are almost all of the costs incurred in relation to the applications that have been made by the ACT government in the most recent Supreme Court actions. But there are details and an explanation in the document I have tabled for the information of members.

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