Page 605 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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MR BARR: Not in a written form. Obviously there was some media discussion. I understand that Minister Rattenbury and the Brumbies CEO were on ABC radio together and discussed the issues. I also had the opportunity to attend the first Brumbies game of the season as a guest of the Brumbies, and it certainly was not an issue that was raised.

Minister Rattenbury has expressed a view; the Brumbies have expressed a view. I think everyone can move on and get behind the Brumbies to be successful in 2015. I think the most exciting thing out of the first game was their ability to comprehensively defeat the Queensland Reds. It would seem that is another challenge that confronts the new Queensland Premier—to restore their state’s rugby team as well as their state’s economy.

Economy—asset recycling

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Minister, can you outline the details of the agreement that the territory and the commonwealth announced today about asset recycling?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. Earlier today I was pleased to be able to announce that the territory will be the first state or territory in the country to benefit from a partnership under the commonwealth government’s national partnership on asset recycling. This initiative is a significant boost to the territory. I am pleased that in this instance we have been able to reach across the political divide to get a good outcome for Canberra. That, I think, is an important thing that people want to see. What it means is $60 million, or thereabouts, in commonwealth funding being invested in the capital metro project—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: I appreciate the enthusiasm from those opposite.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR BARR: Can I say that the government is working to stimulate the territory economy through our prudent infrastructure investment.

Mr Hanson interjecting—


MR BARR: It is terrific that the commonwealth government have endorsed that today, because this project will create new jobs, because the light rail project is the right project for Canberra and because we are committed to renewing—

Mr Coe interjecting—

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