Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 799 ..
MS BERRY: I did speak to the operator, the management, of the facility. I have signed a letter and that should be on the way to her very soon. I understand she had a conversation with one of my team in my office as well. We have been communicating with her. I acknowledge that it has taken a bit of time to get the letter out, but it is on its way.
MR WALL: Minister, what action have you taken regarding the ongoing issue to try to get this resolved and the mpowerdome open and operational again?
MS BERRY: I have confirmed with the current operator of mpowerdome, and I imagine that has been passed on to the owners of the facility, that the ACT government is willing to work with them if they want to continue to operate the facility. I asked the operator of mpowerdome, the management of the facility, whether mpowerdome and the facility were for sale. She confirmed that they were. I said that I would ask for that confirmation in writing and continue to offer support for them, as we have done previously, or for any new operators that seek to purchase that facility or to operate it.
MR PARTON: Minister, will you be contacting the owners/operators of mpowerdome and letting them know that your government has no real intention of providing any assistance to keep—
MADAM SPEAKER: Preamble. A direct question, please.
MR PARTON: the facility operational?
Mrs Dunne: There was no preamble. It started with “will you”.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Dunne. Can you repeat the question?
MR PARTON: I am asking the minister if she is going to be contacting the owners/operators of mpowerdome and letting them know that your government has no real intention of providing any assistance to keep the facility operational.
MS BERRY: Thank you, Mr Parton. I have responded to that. I have spoken with the operator of mpowerdome. They have spoken with my office, with members of my staff. They have spoken with Active Canberra, and I have written them a letter asking them to confirm with me that the site is still for sale. That is what was told to me on the phone. I am just seeking confirmation of that and I continue to offer support for whoever operates the centre, as we have done for the past decade.
Industrial relations—penalty rates
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research. Can the minister outline the effect of penalty rate cuts on students in the higher education sector?