Page 2790 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Budget—justice and community safety portfolio
MR HANSON: Madam Acting Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer, and it relates to the budget cut being applied to JACS through the efficiency dividend. Treasurer, the DPP has stated in his annual report, and in estimates, that his office is at “a critical level”; that he cannot attract senior prosecutors; that he lacks proper resources; and that certain cases are not being pursued due to lack of funding. Given that your government can afford to pay the Tradies club $4 million for land which you then lease back to them for a dollar a year, will your government exempt the DPP from the efficiency dividend?
MR BARR: There is no efficiency dividend, Madam Acting Speaker.
MR HANSON: Treasurer, will you guarantee future exemptions for the DPP from the efficiency dividend?
MR BARR: There is no efficiency dividend at this time. I think the former Leader of the Opposition might be confusing this government with his federal Liberal colleagues.
MR PARTON: Chief Minister, can you explain to the people of Canberra why the Tradies club is more deserving of $4 million of taxpayers’ money than the DPP?
MR BARR: That question borders on being out of order, Madam Acting Speaker, but, given that you have not ruled on it, I will respond simply by observing that the DPP received an increased allocation in this year’s budget.
MR STEEL: Can the Minister for Planning and Land Management provide the Assembly with an update on how the ACT government is supporting the development of Woden as a transport hub?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for his question and his interest in Woden. The ACT government is committed to the renewal of the Woden town centre and, with the announcement last year that stage 2 of light rail will go to Woden, it is now also set to become a key transport hub. With consultation undertaken on the proposed routes and investigations being done on how best to deliver the benefits of light rail in stage 2, the ACT government is working hard to ensure that Woden will also see the transformative effects of light rail. A key part of this work is the progression of the draft variation to the Territory Plan for the Woden town centre.
Following the Woden master plan work last year and further consultation this year on the proposed changes to the Territory Plan for Woden, I am pleased to advise that the draft variation process has taken another step closer to positive planning outcomes. With the announcement that stage 2 of light rail will be coming to Woden, it is particularly important that we get planning outcomes and consultation right to fully