Page 2467 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 July 2008

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Those Canberrans who are on a pension or concession card will continue to be able to access the full subsidy to the value of $200. There is no up-front payment for them at all. Those Canberrans who are not on a pension or who do not hold a concession card can now access a 50 per cent subsidy. I look forward to seeing many more Canberrans taking advantage of the engine immobiliser program as we continue to take steps to drive down the level of motor vehicle theft in our community.

Gas-fired power station

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns the Tuggeranong power station. What did you do to attempt to arrange fee relief, as you promised to do in your letter to Mr Mackay, on which you were questioned last week?

MR BARR: From recollection, I referred the matter to the Chief Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

MR STEFANIAK: Minister, did you or your office have discussions with anyone from the Chief Minister’s Department regarding the provision of fee relief? If so, what was the nature of those discussions?

MR BARR: I am not aware of any discussions that took place. I would have to check with each staff member in my office to be 100 per cent assured that no staff member had any discussions, but I personally had none.

Gas-fired power station

MR PRATT: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Last week, the Minister for Planning confirmed that he had referred an application from ActewAGL for fee relief for the Tuggeranong data centre to you. Have you made a decision as to whether or not to grant fee relief for this project as yet? If so, what did you decide? If not, when will you make a decision on this issue?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the member for the question. I will take the question on notice.

Disability services—funding

MS MacDONALD: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to Ms Gallagher in her capacity as minister for disability services. Minister, could you update the Assembly on negotiations with the Australian government for increased investment in disability services in the ACT, please?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms MacDonald for the question. The ACT has done very well out of the latest deal with the commonwealth. I should start by saying it has been a very different way to conduct negotiations, compared with the previous federal government. In fact, we had been trying for over a year to reach agreement on the commonwealth-state and territory disability agreement which culminated in

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