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position is, “No, let the property developers pay no tax at all and our sports fields will suffer.”
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Minister, could you tell us how the sports and recreation grants program, which provides capital funding to sporting clubs, could assist sporting clubs in Belconnen or, indeed, in other parts of Canberra where Belconnen people might go to play sport?
MR BARR: Thank you, Dr Bourke. That is an excellent supplementary question. I do note that every year the ACT government sports grants program receives a very healthy level of application. I do note that members take a great interest in the outcomes of the sport and recreation grant program. There are many, many worthy projects. I think in the time I have been sports minister, nearly $15 million has been provided to community-based sport and recreation organisations to run programs and upgrade facilities across the territory. I would say they are very passionately supported in Belconnen and by Ginninderra members in this place. They are nearly as passionately supported by Brindabella members. Certainly, projects in Tuggeranong are a very important part of the sport and recreation grants program. I do have to say that undoubtedly the strongest support for sport and recreation in this—
MADAM SPEAKER: Let us be directly relevant to the question.
MR BARR: Assembly comes from members from Molonglo. All seven of us I know are very passionate supporters of sport and recreation. I know the shadow minister, for example, is always out there talking positively about the fantastic outcomes that occur in our community for sport and recreation. We have the highest level of participation in sport and recreation in the country.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MR BARR: We have the best facilities in the country. Despite the constant carping of the Leader of the Opposition, who appears to set himself aside now as the one member for Molonglo who is not supporting sport and recreation in his local community—and that is very disappointing, Mr Hanson; it is a split between the Leader of the Opposition and the sport—
Opposition members interjecting—
MR BARR: They could not be further apart on the opposition frontbench. The split is there for all to see this afternoon.
Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Mr Doszpot asked me “can homes with a common wall be classified as an exempt development for demolition purposes?” I