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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 586..


MR QUINLAN: Maybe we are finding out why we have got a Bruce Operations. Bruce Operations is two senior public servants in the ACT.

Mr Humphries: Is this a supplementary question or a statement?

MR QUINLAN: Actually, I find myself pretty well in the situation of Mr Osborne, inclined to read my question again.

Ms Carnell: That is what you asked.

MR QUINLAN: What I did originally ask was: How is this money distributed? And what I got was: It goes to a company - and a company which has been set up and operated by two senior public servants. I suppose they are commercial-in-confidence, are they? You have got to be kidding!

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, we are having a conversation rather than a question here.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR QUINLAN: Can the Chief Minister then tell me: Did the Government seek or receive any external advice in structuring these particular membership packages? If she is not certain, could she let this Assembly know by close of business today?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, it is my understanding - I think I have answered this question before - that the marketing company or the conglomerate of companies that the ACT has a contract with, or that Bruce Operations has a contract with, gives advice on these sorts of areas and is involved in the direct marketing campaign. Of course, that group of companies also is involved in the advertising of the stadium generally, Mr Speaker. That contract was awarded after going to a tender process.

Members interjected.

Employment

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I am just waiting for them to finish.

Mr Kaine: We don't want any pejorative language from the member.

MR HIRD: I would watch out for those sour grapes, if I were you, Mr Kaine. My question is to the Chief Minister, Mrs Carnell. Can the Chief Minister advise the parliament as to how the ACT is currently performing in relation to employment?

MS CARNELL: Thank you very much. Mr Speaker, I really do thank Mr Hird for the question.

Mr Quinlan: What a fascinating question, Mr Speaker!


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