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homes through rebates of up to $1,600. The ACT’s share of the package could be in the order of $27.7 million. This is comprised of $10.1 million of funding for the installation of insulation and a further $9.3 million in rebates for insulation in private rental homes. It could also attract around $8.4 million for rebates for the installation of solar hot water systems. These initiatives should support trade jobs in the ACT.
That is the information that I have to date. I have been pleased to provide it to the Assembly.
Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I seek your indulgence and leave of the Assembly to make a brief statement requesting some further information from Minister Barr.
MR SESELJA: Yesterday in question time, I think it was in response to a Greens question in relation to briefings on the planning regulations, Mr Barr stated:
On Friday of last week—
although you later corrected that too; you think it may have been Thursday—
the Leader of the Opposition’s office requested a briefing, and I immediately agreed to provide a briefing.
I have been informed by my office that the briefing was sought, formally, both on the phone on Thursday afternoon and at 4.38 through an email. We did not hear anything until Tuesday, so I just wanted to get you to clarify whether what you said was correct or whether I have been wrongly advised; whether there were some efforts to contact my office prior to Tuesday.
MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation), by leave: I issued a media release on 20 February at 2.09 pm. It was electronically sent out, and I will quote from that:
While I am happy to provide a briefing for the Liberals on the technicalities of our proposed changes to planning regulations, the Liberals must tell ACT schools today whether or not they back the Building the Education Revolution.
So I made very public my commitment to providing the Liberals with a briefing on 20 February at 2.09 pm, Mr Speaker.
Papers and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development,