Page 374 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: The business community have been very involved. They had their very big business dinner within the first week of the opening.

Mr Doszpot: Why weren’t you there?

MS GALLAGHER: Because I had a number of other engagements. The government was well represented there. I felt, as Chief Minister, that it was very important for me to attend the formal opening and, indeed, spend the Saturday, again where I did not see any of you, at the community open day where it was open for the entire community.

Yes, I took a decision that the usual VIP crowd should not be the crowd that was invited to the formal opening of the arboretum. I wanted the kids there. That is why they were there. Then we had a parent or a school teacher with each one of those schools that attended. We had to limit the invites, and there were a lot of people whom I would have liked to invite but we were not able to invite. But we did invite every MLA, and I think we probably got about six MLAs who turned up to the event.

We had federal members there. We had federal ministers there and of course we had Gary Humphries there, smiling away—

MADAM SPEAKER: Relevance, Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER:—unbeknown to him that he was heading for the departure lounge.

MADAM SPEAKER: Relevance, Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I will keep you to being relevant.

MS GALLAGHER: There he was, representing the Canberra Liberals. Not for long!


MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. The Auditor-General’s report No 10 of 2012 on the 2011-12 financial audits noted on page 10:

The long-term financial position of the Territory is much weaker than the budgeted and prior year’s positions due mainly to a substantial unexpected increase in the unfunded superannuation liability. The use of borrowings to fund the Infrastructure Investment Program has also contributed to the significant weakening of the long-term financial position since the previous year.

Treasurer, why did you let the territory’s long-term financial position deteriorate to such a state?

MR BARR: I thank the shadow treasurer for the question. I note his move to a position down in the rankings and wish him all the best with this term.

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