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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 2613..


Mr Humphries: And it was in our arts policy.

MS CARNELL: And it was in our arts policy, as Mr Humphries reminds me. I am sure Ms Tucker would have seen in the Canberra Times a very large picture of Mr Wood urging the Government to do exactly what we did and relocate Craft ACT to Ainslie public school. Thank you very much, Mr Wood.

Independent Living Centre

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Health and Community Care. Can the Minister confirm that the Government has imposed an entry charge for people wanting to visit the Independent Living Centre, the showroom of medical and support equipment for the disabled?

MR MOORE: To the best of my knowledge, the Government certainly has not done anything at the Independent Living Centre. It is at arm's length from government. If they have determined that they wish to put a charge on people entering - I presume they have their reasons for doing it - it certainly is an interesting concept. Mr Hargreaves, I am quite happy to check whether that is the case and get back to you. It is at arm's length from government. I find it surprising that that would be the case. It would be interesting to hear what their reasons are.

MR HARGREAVES: I ask a supplementary question. Thank you, Minister, for that response. I had some responsibility in the past and was not aware that it had been sold off. I appreciate that response very much. While you are at it, Minister, would you please also check out, just for the completeness of both our pictures, when the charge was imposed. You might verify that the charge in fact is $5 for most people to attend the centre and $2 for pensioners. Could you determine who decided on it, what the rationale for it was and also whether - - -

Ms Carnell: How could we do that? It is not ours.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I beg your indulgence. I am asking a question of the Minister for Health and Community Care, not the acting Speaker of this Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr Humphries: Do not be so sensitive, John. You have got your facts wrong. It is not the Government's - - -

Mr Hird: What is unusual?

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, do I have to put up with this garbage?

MR SPEAKER: Continue. Mr Moore will answer as he sees fit.


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