Page 474 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 10 February 2009
MS GALLAGHER: We have signed up to that. I can see you did not understand what I said. What the commonwealth said was, for example: “We will give you $10 million for capital improvements in education.” In next year’s budget we want to make sure that there is $10 million from the commonwealth and that there is not any other reduced effort from the territory.
Mr Smyth: That is not what you just said.
MS GALLAGHER: It is what I just said. You did not understand. I said, “In the next few years,” that is, in the next 10 years, “these are things we may have had to be doing anyway.” Investing in our primary schools, I think every government does it. Every government does it every year.
Mr Smyth: That is not what you said.
MS GALLAGHER: It is what I said. We have been given assistance from the commonwealth for specific projects to be delivered over the next three years. They will improve our asset base; they will improve our primary schools; and there will be a small recurrent cost to that. As I said, we will provide that detail to members through the budget process.
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, yesterday the opposition received a briefing from your senior officials on the commonwealth government stimulus package which included terms such as “guesstimate”, “not sure”, “still working out the details”, “waiting for the numbers”, “all in the melting pot” and—my personal favourite—“we don’t know”. Part of the commonwealth government stimulus package will be to fund roof insulation in homes across Australia. How many houses will receive the promised insulation as a result of the stimulus package and how will they be identified?
MS GALLAGHER: I thank the member for the question. I will get back to you if I am wrong on this, but I do not believe that the ACT government is managing that part of the project: that is dependent on application via individual householders.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary?
MRS DUNNE: Thank you. Minister, can you provide to the Assembly the exact advice on the status of that program and who is managing it.
MS GALLAGHER: I would ask the federal government for that. I have some of the federal government’s media releases, but they are available on their website if you are able to peruse that. I do not believe that we have anything other than what is available publicly for that element of the program.
MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and is in regard to the Doma Group development of apartments and other buildings in Barton. The