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MS GALLAGHER: It is what we expect from you, Mr Smyth—absolutely nothing to demonstrate your interest in this.
Opposition members interjecting—
MS GALLAGHER: I can tell you, Mr Smyth, that I have done a damn sight more than putting out two media releases when it is a slow news day. That is what I have done—a damn sight more than you. I understand this issue a damn sight more than you, which I can tell from the questions in question time, and I know that must sit pretty uncomfortably with you.
I have done my job. Treasury are doing their job. The process is going as well as can be expected in what is a difficult review period, and there is more work to be done.
MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns mutual recognition of civil partnerships. Section 15 of the Civil Partnerships Act 2008 provides for regulations that allow couples who had entered into a civil partnership in another state to have their relationship automatically recognised without having to re-register when they move to the ACT. Attorney-General, has the government made those regulations under section 15?
MR CORBELL: I believe we have, Mr Speaker, but I will take the question on notice and advise the Assembly accordingly.
MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?
MS BRESNAN: Attorney-General, why has this information about when the regulations were made or when they will be made not been made available to the public?
MR CORBELL: I would imagine that information would be made available for couples who are seeking recognition of their partnership from another jurisdiction. There are of course only two other jurisdictions in the country that provide for a form of civil partnership—Victoria and Tasmania. Therefore, the numbers of people potentially affected would be quite low. Again I will seek the details from my department and provide advice to the Assembly.
ACTION bus service—subsidies
MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. In the draft report from the Commonwealth Grants Commission on the methodology by which GST revenue is allocated between the states, the commission has made a number of conclusions about national capital allocations. Treasurer, why has the commission concluded there should no longer be any allowance for the subsidy which is provided to ACTION to compensate principally for free parking in the parliamentary triangle?