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range of services to the Gungahlin community. Interestingly, and I think we need to keep an eye on this—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Coe, are you interested in the answer, because none of your colleagues are.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS GALLAGHER: Actually they are; they are interested in giving their own answer to it, which is wrong. But in relation to some of the movements we are seeing, we are seeing more and more people want to do more of their government business dealings online, so we are monitoring that, and, as Mr Coe would know, it is included in the government office block work that is currently underway. When that office block is up and running we expect that the level of demand for a shopfront will have been reached and the shopfront will be provided in accordance with our parliamentary agreement with the Greens.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the minister for education. Minister, in early December you announced an injection of nearly $26 million from the federal government for the University of Canberra and indicated the government was “reviewing options for future collaboration between the UC and the CIT”. Later that month you announced a collaborative venture between the UC and CIT. On what basis was this decision taken and with whom did the government consult?

DR BOURKE: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. This consultation that was undertaken was with stakeholders, including UC, CIT, unions and other groups. But I must correct Mr Doszpot. The $26 million he is referring to is actually federal government SAF funding.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Doszpot has the floor, thank you.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what is the current status of this new institution?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. The current status is that discussions are ongoing with both the federal government and the two institutions involved.

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