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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 226..

MR HUMPHRIES: I do not know what you would be like as a Minister, Ms McRae, but if you were asking for information like that I imagine there would be some question about the probity of the process.

Ms McRae: You could take it on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Humphries is answering Mr Wood's question. You will have the opportunity to ask questions in due course, Ms McRae.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do not know the details of that. It is not a matter that I would normally concern myself with, because it is part of the tender process. If Mr Wood would like to have the answer, I will certainly take it on notice and find out.

MR WOOD: Would you give us all the details you can, Mr Humphries? That is my supplementary question. Would you provide us with the documentation and paperwork?

MR HUMPHRIES: As far as I can, yes.

Child Abuse - Mandatory Reporting

MS TUCKER: My question is, in the absence of Mr Stefaniak, to Mrs Carnell. The Government has said that it intends to introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse on 1 June 1997. I am aware that the Government has been implementing a training course for those people who will be mandated. My question is: What additional resources is the Government committing to support services which handle reported cases, prevention of child abuse and other family support services - all these services which are currently under stress? Does the Minister believe the current level of resources is adequate? We are interested in your answer and in hearing about the resources for not only Family Services officers but also the community organisations that provide support services.

MRS CARNELL: It is a tiny bit tragic that Ms Tucker has not actually realised there is another budget that comes in on 1 July and we have not put it together yet or released it in this place.

Ms Tucker: So you have no idea at this point?

MRS CARNELL: I thought it might have escaped your notice just for a moment. I think a question asking for what might be in a budget that has not been presented in this place, in fact is not finalised, would be somewhat out of order, Mr Speaker.

MS TUCKER: Is the Minister aware - - -

MR SPEAKER: Is this a supplementary question?

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