Page 718 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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MR PARTON: Chief Minister, given your comments today and even your answer to that previous question, will you be amending the communications and engagement strategy to include traditional media as a deliberative engagement method?

MR BARR: I will consider that.

Molonglo Valley—recreation facilities

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, you recently announced the start of works on the new Stromlo aquatic centre. Could you update the Assembly on how the government is delivering this commitment in the growing Molonglo community?

MS BERRY: I am very happy to update the Assembly and Ms Cody on the major government commitment for aquatic sports in Molonglo and in Canberra more broadly. For an inland city—

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, I raise a point of order. The minister is trying to answer a question important to the Assembly and Mr Coe continues to interject. I ask that he be asked not to interject.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, on the point of order, the Chief Minister explicitly said that he was not responsible and, under the rules of question time, there has to be a minister directly responsible. To that end, I wonder how the Deputy Chief Minister is in fact responsible.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, on the point of order, if the question to the minister had been, “How was the procurement process determined, and what role did you have in the procurement process?” there would clearly have been a different answer. But the decision to invest in such a facility was one made by government. The government—

Mr Coe interjecting—


Mr Barr: The cabinet submission was quite clear in relation to the government’s intent on that matter and on this. I believe that the Leader of the Opposition’s interjections and his point of order are out of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. It is clearly government policy to develop an aquatic centre at Stromlo. I ask the minister to continue her response.

MS BERRY: The government owns and subsidises public pools because our community gets the best value out of them. Stromlo will be the next great aquatic centre in Canberra. As members will recall, funding was committed through the 2016-17 ACT budget to deliver a 50-metre pool and associated programs, such as learn to swim, at the Stromlo Forest Park.

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