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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2269 ..


MR STANHOPE: Suffice to say that in the previous response I went through about just half of the capital projects delivered by the Department of Territory and Municipal Services over the last financial year—just half. And I can go on and on in relation to a massive program and a massive investment that is incredibly complex in its make-up and matrix. It is in the context of all the aspects of this city, its operation and the requirements and demands of this community.

The wishy-washy contributions to a debate yesterday in relation to infrastructure showed absolutely no understanding of the nature, the complexity, the extent, the effort and the significant planning inherent in, for instance, just a stormwater management program and the need to think and plan strategically. That really is a matter of great concern to me.

In the context of a six months review or refresh of the infrastructure plan, let me just say that the ACT government invites now the Liberal Party and the Greens to submit, for the purposes of comparison, their longer term, their immediate, their five-year, their 10-year, and in the case of others their 50-year infrastructure plan for the territory, and we will discuss them all together in five months time when we begin the process. But there is the invitation now, and we look forward to your infrastructure reports and priorities as we refresh the planning which we propose.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe?

MR COE: Minister, why does TAMS still not have an asset management plan, given that the last one expired in 2007?

MR STANHOPE: The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has a range of asset management plans across the full range of work for which it is responsible.

Health—national health agreement

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, according to the federal health agreement, the commonwealth will pay for 60 per cent of planned capital. Minister, what exactly does this mean for the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: As I said at estimates, some of the details of that are yet to be determined in terms of the capital plans that we already have underway. In terms of capital contributions from the commonwealth, a proportion would come from the GST payments, or the GST money that is here, but also in addition over the longer term forward estimates once their additional growth money kicks in.

I should say that our $1 billion plan for health redevelopment, which currently has over $450 million already appropriated, was never planned with the thought that we would get assistance from the commonwealth or, indeed, the New South Wales government. We will be getting assistance from the commonwealth and hopefully we will get assistance from the New South Wales government as well.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Doszpot?


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