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Question Without Notice No. 321 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — ECONOMIC AND HEALTH RELIEF PACKAGE

321. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Treasurer:

On behalf of Hon Dr Steve Thomas, who is on urgent parliamentary business, I refer to the Treasurer's joint media release with the Premier published on Tuesday entitled, ''$1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled'', which says —

� the Government continues to roll out the $760 million in economic stimulus measures announced in late 2019.

What level of expenditure will be delivered in (a) the fourth quarter of this year, the 2019–20 financial year; and (b) the first half of the 2020–21 financial year in each of the following programs that are included in that funding now being claimed as part of the government's COVID-19 response —

(1) The $200 million schools maintenance package announced six and a half months ago?

(2) The $81.5 million hospitals maintenance package announced six and a half months ago?

(3) The $29 million one-off planned stamp duty rebate for multistorey apartments announced five and a half months ago?

(4) The $222 million social housing and homelessness package that was announced four months ago?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank Hon Dr Steve Thomas for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Treasurer.

(1)–(4) As advised to the Legislative Council on 1 April 2020, in response to a previous question from the honourable member, the $760 million of economic stimulus measures announced late in 2019 are not part of the government's COVID-19 response. In the 2019–20 Government Mid-year Financial Projections Statement and midyear review, $157 million of this $760 million stimulus package is expected to be incurred in 2019–20; $328 million in 2020–21; $154 million in 2021–22; and $99 million in 2022–23, with another $28 million to be expended outside of the forward estimates period. This includes the current and capital spending and the impact on revenue of tax and fee initiatives detailed in the midyear review.

The quarterly breakdown of the proposed expenditure should be sourced from relevant ministers.