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it in as timely a way as we can and as efficiently as we can, taking those incrementally more difficult and more expensive steps.
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer and relates to the impact of the Rudd government’s stimulus package in the ACT. Treasurer, yesterday in answering questions on the impact of the insulation package you said:
I have some of the federal government’s media releases…
Minister, when will you be able to provide the Assembly and the community with more information about this package rather than just copies of federal Labor’s media releases?
MS GALLAGHER: This relates to the home insulation package, which is not a project that is administered by the ACT government.
Mrs Dunne: Are you sure?
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and I have checked, Mrs Dunne.
Mrs Dunne: Have you?
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I have checked, and I have read all of the material that I do have, including the communique, which, again, is a public document as far as I understand and which goes to these points. I have checked and rechecked, because I wanted to. In fact, in my answer to your question yesterday, I said I will check this and will correct it if it is wrong.
In terms of home insulation, that is not a project for which the ACT government will have responsibility of implementing in the ACT. We have some responsibilities—we have signed up for some around other areas of energy efficiency and agreement with the commonwealth to refocus our effort—but in terms of us having any responsibility or any ability to provide you with information about the home insulation package, really, the responsibility is on you to contact the relevant federal minister.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?
MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when you did your clarifying and checking; did you definitively clarify the role that the ACT government might have in insulating ACT government housing properties?
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, Mrs Dunne, I did.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to the impact of the Rudd government’s stimulus package. In answering a question on potential gains of GST and other revenue for the ACT government, you said: