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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 August 2010) . . Page.. 3779 ..

MR SMYTH: You are confused.

MS GALLAGHER: I am not confused on this. I understand exactly what changes under the change of use charge are occurring. There is codification, which is a separate process to rectification. The large increase in our revenue lines—

Opposition members interjecting

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clocks, thank you. Members, the Treasurer is actually trying to give an answer, and I think she is actually trying to share some information with you, so you will probably benefit from listening to her.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Well, I think indeed those opposite are just not interested in the answer. The rectification causes the large increase in revenue expected in our budget lines. That is not new, Mr Smyth. I have said that a number of times.

MR SMYTH: I did not dispute it.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, your question was around whether we have got a problem with our budget estimates. We do not believe so, because the large increase in change of use charge in terms of our revenue lines is linked to rectification, not codification.

Children—neighbourhood playgrounds

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, you recently announced community consultation into a $1.2 million plan to upgrade six neighbourhood playgrounds. Given the ACT government’s commitment to the engagement of children, as outlined in the children’s plan, could you please advise how children are being encouraged to participate in this consultation?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. Ms Hunter is quite right: we have just announced another round of consultation in relation to an ongoing program of playground upgrades. The six playgrounds the subject of that particular round of upgrade, I think, will involve an investment of 1.2. That does not include, in fact, a separate investment in a significant upgrade of the playground on the western side of Lake Ginninderra. I cannot quite recall the total investment in that, but it is a major investment in an upgrade of the western foreshore playground on Lake Ginninderra.

I have to say, Ms Hunter, that I am not fully aware of the exact nature of the consultation that will be undertaken in relation to the announcement that I made. I would need to take some advice from TAMS in relation to what that proposes, but it is early days. I take on board the nub of the question in relation to the need to engage with younger people in relation to services that are delivered directly for their benefit. I will seek assurances that steps are taken to appropriately involve children and younger people in that consultation.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question?

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