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(2) What is the current situation in relation to salary increases for staff and has this been factored into the Budget; if not, why not;

(3) How much extra will be paid for staff salaries in the 2005-06 financial year.

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

(1) Chief Executives of Territory Owned Corporations are employed by their respective boards on fixed term contracts. The decision to renew an employment contract or otherwise is a matter for the relevant board, taken in consultation with the Minister. The reasons for decision are a matter for the parties involved and not for public information.

(2) The ACTTAB Limited (Enterprise Bargaining) Agreement 2005-2008, certified by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in Canberra on 18 August 2005, provided for a 4% increase in salary for all classifications covered by the Agreement, effective from 17 December 2004, with a further increase of 4% applied from 1 September 2005. Additional increases of 4% from 1 September 2006 and 5% from 1 September 2007 are provided for. The salary increases were anticipated and have been factored into the current budget as well as for forward years.

The ACTTAB EBA also provides for the conduct of a joint classification / work value review which it is anticipated will be completed during the first quarter of 2006. It can be reasonably presumed that further increases in salary might flow to some employees as a result of that process. No provision has yet been made within the budget process for increases which might arise from the review.

(3) ACTTAB has budgeted to spend an additional $472k in salaries during FY 2005-2006.

Sports grounds closures
(Question No 682)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

(1) Which and how many sports grounds/ovals (a) have been closed for use by sporting groups in the ACT since January 2003 and (b) are currently closed for use by sporting groups in the ACT;

(2) How many sports clubs have been affected by these closures since January 2003, for example, by being unable to use grounds they previously used for (a) rugby league, (b) rugby union, (c) Australian rules football, (d) cricket, (e) netball, (f) soccer and (g) hockey;

(3) Given that the summer cricket season is about to begin in Canberra, how many cricket ovals/pitches are currently (a) available and (b) not available for use;

(4) Will the number of ovals/pitches available for use be adequate to allow all scheduled games to take place;

(5) What is the Government doing to ensure that enough ovals/pitches are available for use and will remain available for use if there is minimal rain this summer.

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