Page 976 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 25 February 2009

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Mr Smyth: I am asking about the bits in here that included Treasury.

MS GALLAGHER: You have asked me about five different questions, Mr Smyth.

Mr Hanson: No, he did not.

MS GALLAGHER: He is. He is just keeping asking the questions. You get one question. The answer is: Treasury does have a coordinating and oversight role of capital works projects. That does, I imagine, as part of a whole-of-government arrangement, look at cost overruns and management of projects as it would work with a whole range of agencies. I am not sure whether I can assist you other than to say that Treasury would have been involved in the discussions around the project.

Mr Smyth: Have you read the report?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I have not read the report yet, Brendan. I have a whole range of work. This was tabled yesterday. Will I read the report? Yes, I will—as I do with all Auditor-General’s reports. But have I read it in the last 20 hours? No, I have not read the report. I will read the report. I have not read the report yet. And if it is about the report, it needs to be asked of the minister responsible.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, what actions will you take to rectify the failures in the delivery of capital works projects that have been identified by the Auditor-General?

MS GALLAGHER: I will be reading the report. If there are areas relevant to my portfolio, I will be taking action.

Mr Smyth: You can go to page 7; you can go to page 12.

MS GALLAGHER: You have had the luxury of time to read it.


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Planning. Will the minister advise the Assembly of the urgency of the ACT government’s work to ensure that ACT schools can take full advantage of the federal government’s stimulus package?

MR BARR: Again I thank Ms Porter for her ongoing interest in investment in our schools, for her ongoing interest in ensuring that ACT schools are able to access all that the commonwealth will provide under the stimulus package. In order to protect the territory against the global financial crisis, this territory Labor government is working with the federal Labor government to invest in jobs and education for Canberrans. The ACT Labor government is determined to ensure that the ACT gets its share of federal Labor’s $14.7 billion building the education revolution package.

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