Page 486 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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MR SMYTH: Minister, will these be implemented through legislation or notification, and who will have charge of this?

MR BARR: Those matters are, of course, subject to consideration in the budget process, but as Treasurer I have responsibility for those issues.


MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, I refer to a tweet you sent recently about the Brumbies’ new sponsors, Aquis. You tweeted:

… shame our successful and well loved Brumbies couldn’t find a more socially responsible sponsor.

Michael Jones, the CEO of the Brumbies, pointed out that the ACT government had introduced Aquis to the Brumbies. Minister, what involvement did the ACT government have in facilitating Aquis sponsoring the Brumbies?

MR BARR: Madam Speaker—

Mr Doszpot: Wrong minister again, is it?

MR BARR: Yes, I have—

Mr Doszpot: Did you tweet, it, Andrew?

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Doszpot. I am trying to hear Mr Barr.

MR BARR: For the benefit of Mr Doszpot, as Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Events, I have responsibility for the performance agreements of the Raiders, Brumbies, Giants and Canberra Capitals. They are four national league teams who have cross-portfolio performance agreements with the ACT government. So in the context of our work in Economic Development and through Invest Canberra and, indeed, a number of other areas within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate we have regular engagement with new investors in the city.

We are also, of course, the major financial contributor to the Brumbies. As members would be aware, the Brumbies were in search of a major sponsor and we took the opportunity, through the various networks that exist in Invest Canberra and other areas, to facilitate an introduction. Of course, as the Brumbies have indicated, Aquis were not the only potential sponsor for the team, but it is ultimately a decision for the Brumbies to make as to whom their major sponsor will be.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

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