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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4801..


QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Senior Executive Service

MR WHITECROSS: I have a question for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you inform the Assembly how many former Senior Executive Service officers have still not been placed in positions as a result of the restructure that you undertook this year? Is it the intention of the Government to involuntarily retire any of these officers in the new year?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, may I start by saying that I intend to make a statement on Ms Follett's departure in the adjournment debate today.

Ms McRae: If we ever adjourn.

MRS CARNELL: That is right; if we ever adjourn. Mr Speaker, with regard to former chief executives and SES officers, of the total number of SES officers existing prior to the introduction of the new arrangements, 15 have taken early age retirement, 38 have been offered contracts and, on my last advice on this, 18 were still performing duties as SES or SES equivalent officers as the executive positions in their agencies had not yet been finalised. That means that in some areas we are still in the process of advertising and going through merit selection processes. There have been no transfers by reduction in status at this stage, Mr Speaker.

MR WHITECROSS: Mrs Carnell did not exactly answer my question. She answered half of my question. The other half of my question was: Is it the intention of the Government to involuntarily retrench any of these excess officers in the new year? Can she please answer that question?

MRS CARNELL: I am sorry; I did not realise you said "involuntarily retrench". I do not think you did, really. Mr Speaker, as you would know from the Bill and the new arrangements that we passed, if SES positions are not available, and if a former SES officer chooses not to take a voluntary redundancy, they are offered a position at SOG level.

Clinical Waste - Disposal

MR HIRD: My question is directed to Mr De Domenico, the Minister for Industrial Relations. Yesterday during question time Mr Berry asked you a question relating to the alleged dumping of "a truckload of hospital waste at the sullage pit at the Belconnen landfill". Minister, has Mr Berry at long last stumbled upon a truth, or is this yet another instance of him misinforming the parliament?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Hird for his question, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: I think the question is out of order, Mr Speaker, because it makes an imputation.


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