Page 732 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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economy, particularly at a time when it looks like essentially the bread and butter of our economy, the federal government’s spend, is going to be reduced. And it is going to present challenges. I look forward to Mr Hanson supporting this government’s vision for the diversification of our economy and our key priorities. Maybe one day we will hear something that has not come from the Labor Party come out of Mr Hanson’s mouth.

Mr Barr interjecting—


Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, you are of no assistance at all.

Electricity—feed-in tariff

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. On 13 February this year, you advised that the first project under the government’s large-scale solar feed-in tariff in Royalla will provide ongoing employment opportunities in the territory. Treasurer, can you outline how many direct, non-contract, full-time jobs will be created in order to operate this facility?

MR BARR: I will have to take that on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: I should think you will take this on notice as well but, Treasurer, what will be the nature of these roles?

MR BARR: I will take that on notice.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary question?


MR SMYTH: Minister, how much extra will Canberrans have to pay in their power bills to support these jobs?

MR BARR: I think that is a—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, would you like to answer the question?

MR BARR: It would be my pleasure, Madam Speaker, if I were given the opportunity. I know Mr Smyth does not have a particularly strong view in relation to climate change and he is not particularly supportive of new industries in the territory.

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