Page 480 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister! I have just called you to order for one of your own members. Ms Porter has the floor.

MS PORTER: Minister, did you note the good work that was happening in the Fraser primary school and, I believe, the P&C canteen, as reported in the Canberra Times this morning?

MS BURCH: I want to congratulate that school on the great work that it has done. It is a school that did not have a canteen there for a while, and certainly the school community got in and supported a change in that. It is wonderful to see. It is a vibrant canteen offering very solid, good food options for the children. This is what the focus should be about. These are decisions made by the local school community with a focus on healthy food options for our children. I do not think there would be anybody in this place that would not like to see healthy food options provided to our children in schools. The information and education that we support through the school curriculum and through life choices, when we are faced with increasing childhood obesity, should be supported not only in theory within the school curriculum but in practice within the school canteens. I congratulate that school.

Electricity—feed-in tariff

MR SMYTH: Madam Speaker, my question is for the Treasurer. The rollover of undisbursed appropriation under section 16B of the Financial Management Act 1996 that you tabled yesterday noted:

$405,000 for the Feed-In Tariff Stage 3—This project has been delayed due to the complexities in assessing each application for Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation. The funds are required to finalise the large scale feed-in tariff, including the auction process with the project due to be complete by June 2013 …

Treasurer, how is it that the government announced the successful tenderer for the large-scale feed-in tariff scheme last year without these elements of the scheme completed?

MR BARR: The shadow treasurer may be aware of the timing issues associated with the payment of particular invoices from time to time that might fall into a new financial year. My understanding in this instance is that it relates to the tidying up of some administrative arrangements associated with that particular project. The project was completed and a very good outcome for the territory occurred. It is possible, of course, that for projects that have particularly large appropriations some invoices may fall into the new financial year and be paid accordingly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, how much will this delay cost the territory?

MR BARR: I do not believe there will be any cost.

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