Page 4442 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 14 October 2009

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MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary?

MS HUNTER: Have any other ACT lessees been asked to rectify breaches of lease conditions in the past year, and what has been the outcome of any breaches?

MR BARR: I will have to take that on notice and get back to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Yes. Have there been any terminations of crown leases in the last year due to breaches of lease conditions?

MR BARR: In the last year, I believe that to be unlikely. But, again, I will check the detail with the Planning and Land Authority, who administer this matter. It is not a matter that is ever referred to the minister; it relates to their statutory responsibilities. I am not aware of any being brought to my attention but, if there have been any, I will provide that information to the member.

Economy—debt to commonwealth

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, how much notional debt does the ACT have to the commonwealth which is held against assets transferred from the commonwealth, on self-government, for public transport, electricity, water supply and sewerage?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, what is the cost to service this debt and what is the outstanding debt as at 30 June 2009?

MS GALLAGHER: Of course I have got that figure in my back pocket, Mr Speaker! This is getting pretty pathetic, I have to say.

Mr Smyth: Because you can’t answer the questions? Yes, you are right.

MS GALLAGHER: I would be surprised, even for those people with enormous brains, like all the members on this side of the chamber as opposed to those on the other side, if they carried that exact detail in their head and were able to articulate it. If Mr Smyth was genuinely interested in this, I believe he would advise me of the fact that he was interested in this figure and I would be able to get it for him, which is precisely what I will do. If I can do it, I will do it by the end of question time.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, when do you anticipate the ACT will be free of this notional debt to the commonwealth?

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