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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 March 2018) . . Page.. 713 ..

and celebrates outstanding achievements of women in Canberra. This launch marks 30 years of self-government. The ACT women’s honour roll includes all past female recipients of a number of awards since 1988.

The ACT government is making significant strides in moving closer to gender equality. I encourage every individual, business, government directorate, community organisation and community group in the ACT to consider how they can contribute to making our goal of gender equality a reality.

I present the following paper:

Status of women in the ACT—International Women’s Day 2018—Ministerial statement, 20 March 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.37 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Land—Dickson purchase

MR COE: My question is for the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, and Chief Minister, why did your directorate and the government at large purchase the CFMEU headquarters, which is owned by the Tradies?

MR BARR: For the purposes of social and affordable housing.

MR COE: Chief Minister, did the transactions associated with the Dickson land swap transfer $2.6 million in benefits from the ACT government to the CFMEU-controlled Tradies group?

MR BARR: The Auditor-General pointed to a risk of that, and that was on the basis of the valuation of one of the blocks being at $45,000. I do not think that anyone believes that a 7,000 square metre block in Dickson is worth only $45,000. I think there are opportunities to ensure that that risk does not eventuate.

MS LAWDER: Just to be clear, Chief Minister, is the Auditor-General correct when she says the ACT government lost up to $2.6 million as a result of the transactions in the land swap deal?

MR BARR: I do not think that the Auditor-General said that. The Auditor-General said that there was a risk, and the government will need to respond to that, together with the Auditor-General’s report.

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