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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 February 2018) . . Page.. 58 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: He has withdrawn, and I heard your comment from here. Chief Minister, you have 13 seconds left on the clock if you desire to answer.

MR BARR: It would appear to be down to about four seconds now, Madam Speaker, so my time has expired on this question.

MR WALL: Minister, how many times did the local advocate meet or engage with locally owned green waste collection businesses as part of the procurement for the green waste service?

MR BARR: I will need to take that on notice.

MR COE: Chief Minister, how many times have you met with the Local Industry Advocate in the past 12 months? Did you chat with her about the impact of green waste collection businesses and your nationalisation policy?

MR BARR: I have met with the Local Industry Advocate on I think at least half a dozen occasions over the—

Mr Wall: Outside Labor Party meetings?

Mrs Dunne: Outside Labor Party meetings?

MR BARR: Oh, Madam Speaker—course of the past 12 months—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, please! Let the Chief Minister answer the question.

MR BARR: It is only day one of the parliamentary year, Madam Speaker, and already those opposite can barely contain their inner stand-up comedian. It is perhaps disappointing, Madam Speaker.

In response to Mr Coe’s question, I have met with the Local Industry Advocate on around half a dozen occasions over the past 12 months. Mr Coe’s description of the government’s policy, whilst it might be wryly amusing for the most conservative leader of a political party in this country, is a long way from the truth.

Tourism—international flights

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the recent major expansion of international flights to Canberra?

MR BARR: Yes, it has been a particularly interesting couple of month in international aviation and particularly as it impacts on Canberra. We now have daily services connecting our city to both Singapore and Doha provided by two airlines that are, I think, universally accepted as being amongst the very best in the world.

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