Page 487 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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MR DOSZPOT: I will direct my question to the minister I directed it to before, the minister for sport. Minister, was the sports directorate involved or aware of the involvement of the ACT government in facilitating the new sponsorship deal?

MR BARR: Again, Madam Speaker, I need to advise that responsibility for the Brumbies and their performance agreement sits with me, and Sport and Rec serve me in that instance. So, yes, Sport and Recreation were aware. But in relation to—and let me repeat this—the Raiders, the Brumbies, the Giants and the Capitals, who have performance agreements with the ACT government that include their performance, their use of territory venues and events, payroll tax concessions and a variety of different arrangements with the ACT government that cross over portfolios, I have responsibility. Sport and Recreation were advised and informed in part of the process, but in this instance they report to me in the Economic Development portfolio.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Mr Rattenbury, when were you made aware of the ACT government’s matchmaking role at the Brumbies?

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, ministers are asked questions as they relate to their portfolio responsibility. The Chief Minister has made clear that he has portfolio responsibility for the sponsorship deals in relation to those sporting teams. Whilst I am sure that it is a matter of great interest, question time does not operate on that basis. Questions are asked of a minister in relation to their portfolio responsibility. The question is clearly out of order.

Mr Coe: On the point of order, there have been a couple of other instances this question time which are relevant. One is the fact that the Chief Minister is responsible for procurement. When a procurement question was asked, the minister of the line agency took the question. Secondly—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I can sort this out—

Mr Coe: And secondly, we asked several questions earlier about Tharwa Drive to Mr Gentleman. Government members interjected that he is not the minister responsible, yet Mr Gentleman kept standing up and kept giving an answer, despite the fact that apparently he was not responsible. With that in mind, I do not see how it is not relevant to ask Minister Rattenbury a question, especially as I presume he is responsible for his own Twitter account.

MADAM SPEAKER: I was hoping that you would not actually say that, Mr Coe. Mr Rattenbury may be responsible for his own Twitter account, but he does not have

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