Page 980 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 25 February 2009

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MS GALLAGHER: I would have to check my records, but it was not long after the commonwealth issued their updated economic forecast outlook, or UEFO, which forecast another $32 million reduction in GST revenue to the ACT government in this financial year. A simple subtraction of a $15 million surplus minus $32 million in GST revenue will give you a deficit.

Mr Hanson: When was that, though? Have you got a date?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, are you asking a supplementary question?

MS GALLAGHER: I will check the date when that was released.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Are you asking for the call, Mr Hanson, or have you finished?

Mr Hanson: No, I am all right.

Capital works—projects

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, the Auditor-General has found in her report on Fairbairn Avenue and Horse Park Drive that was tabled yesterday that:

Responsible agencies have not evaluated the projects against the original objectives to determine whether intended outcomes have been achieved.

Treasurer, why did the Stanhope-Gallagher government fail to evaluate performance of these two capital works projects?

MS GALLAGHER: I think the key words in Mr Doszpot’s question are “responsible agencies”. I will hand the question to the responsible minister to answer the question. But in my brief perusing of the report; other than the mention of the words “Under Treasurer”, I have been unable to find a link to Treasury now that Procurement Solutions sits outside the Treasury.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I think one really has to conclude that the opposition, the Liberal Party, are not interested in responses to any of these issues and that this really is just about playing politics. It is not about seeking information or actually even wanting information provided. It is quite clear, Mr Speaker, to anybody with any understanding of government and governance—I guess perhaps I am being generous in suggesting that the opposition fall within that class—that the Treasurer is not responsible for roads and that the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services is. The Treasurer is not responsible for Procurement Solutions; the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services is.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, on a point of order. The Chief Minister is arguing as to who should be answering the question. He is answering it, and I think he should stick to

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