Page 3697 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 26 August 2009

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MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure how we would be able to answer that. What, if any, underlying changes to valuations?

Mrs Dunne: What impact would the variations to the sale price have on the taxes collected?

MS GALLAGHER: Is this the sale price that has been allegedly reported in the Canberra Times or the actual value of the operating assets? I am not privy to that information and I think I would have to make a request. If your question is specifically in relation to the Canberra Labor Club Group, that question would have to be put to the Labor club board. I do not have that information, and I do not imagine the Treasury has it either. In terms of—

Mrs Dunne: In relation to the duties? You don’t have the information—

MS GALLAGHER: Okay. We can do changes to variations to duties on valuations—

Mr Stanhope: Hypothetical.

MS GALLAGHER: that are hypothetical. Would you like them on the hypothetical valuation of $50 million, as reported in the Canberra Times? If that is the question, then I will provide that hypothetical duties analysis to the Assembly as well.

Battery cage eggs

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns battery cage egg farming. After the debate on cage eggs in 2007, you said the government would show its concern for the welfare of hens by committing that all ACT government agencies would be using non-battery cage eggs by May 2009. Can you please inform the Assembly whether all ACT government agencies, in fact, do now use non-battery eggs and which agencies, if any, still need to convert?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Ms Le Couteur, for the question. The last advice that I received on this issue was some little while ago. The advice was that all ACT government agencies that are mass purchasers of eggs now have converted all of their contracts for the purchase of eggs and that no battery cage eggs are purchased by major purchasers of eggs—that is, institutional purchasers of eggs—by the ACT government. That was the last advice I received. I will now refresh myself on that advice.

Ms Le Couteur, when you last asked the question, there were a number of ongoing contracts in place on which we took a decision not to breach for the purpose of actually meeting the government’s commitment to purchase only non-battery eggs. Of course, we are talking about our major institutions and the major purchasers of eggs. I think the leading purchaser of eggs may have been the CIT for its courses and classes. I imagine that since then, of course, AMC has become fully operational. So they are major purchases of eggs or egg products.

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