Page 5555 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when will the ACT Housing asset management strategy be delivered and will it actually be this year as you said it would be?

MS BURCH: Yes, it is on track to be delivered this year.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Taxation—GST review

MR BARR: It has been drawn to my attention that I am a couple of days ahead of myself. In response to Mr Seselja’s question, I indicated that I would be able to table the government submission to the GST review. It has been brought to my attention that it will be discussed further in cabinet on Monday. So I would apologise. I apologise. Yes, I have provided incorrect information and I apologise to the Assembly. We have received an extension of time to lodge a submission. I will make it public next week but cabinet does need to have some further discussion on the matter, which I believe will be held on Monday.

Visiting dignitaries—cost

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday I was asked a question by Mr Hanson in relation to financial costs associated with the Queen’s visit to Canberra. I answered that question by saying that the majority of the cost related to maintaining the Floriade site, and that is correct. Maintaining the Floriade site has been costed at $62,326. There were a range of other costs, which have only just been finalised. I am interested that Mr Hanson might be in a position where he has received information prior to the government receiving information. Nonetheless, costs that fell across TAMS, tourism and CMCD relating to event infrastructure, advertising the royal route and media monitoring, total $158,302, with the Floriade site as part of that. So that is the final, compiled list. I am happy to table that for the information of members. In relation to—

Mr Smyth: What was the original estimate?

MS GALLAGHER: That is in line with my answer yesterday where I said the majority of costs related to the Floriade site, and they did. They were in the order of $60,000. There were a range of other costs across TAMS, tourism and CMCD which have now been compiled. I have provided that information to the Assembly. It is a total of about $158,000.

We have not done the final costings, obviously, for President Obama’s visit. When they are finalised I will be happy to provide them to the Assembly as well.

Mr Smyth: What was the original budget?

MS GALLAGHER: There was not an original budget. There was about a $60,000 cost for Floriade and that is included in that.

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