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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3835..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

going to build it sooner. Mr Speaker, I concede that it is a complication of the process, but it is one which I believe the circumstances demand.

In calling this a piecemeal approach, I remind the opposition leader that his colleagues have called for a different piecemeal approach; namely, the upgrading of the periodic detention centre at Symonston for the purpose of a remand centre in the interim. My view is that it is much better to spend money on what will be the final facility, not on a different facility which clearly is not capable of addressing our needs into the long term. Obviously there will be a change of direction with this decision, but I hope it is one which does meet our needs and does not come at any significantly greater cost than the previous plans.

Microsoft Windows 2000

MR QUINLAN: My question is addressed to the Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts as the minister responsible for information technology - and this is the very last time I am going to do this.

Ms Carnell: I am not sure.

MR QUINLAN: I will take that on notice. Minister, yesterday in answer to my question you informed the Assembly that the ACT administration had not installed Microsoft Windows 2000 for use by its agencies. Can the minister now inform us whether any version of the system has been installed on a trial basis, with the intention of a full roll - out to follow, and whether the trial might have actually been launched by the minister? Have any funds been expended on the development of the common operating environment - the COE, as they say - or the standard operating environment, SOE, or on hardware upgrades to accommodate the demands of Microsoft Windows 2000?

What has been the overall cost of any experimentation with Microsoft Windows 2000, and which contractor has benefited from that experimentation?

MS CARNELL: I think I will take it on notice. Bloody temps!

Mr Quinlan: That was too good to pass up, wasn't it?

MS CARNELL: Yes, too good to pass up. There is certainly no intention of a roll - out of Microsoft Windows 2000 until a new version comes out. Yes, we do have a common operating environment and we do continually trial, but, as I said yesterday, my advice is that there is no intention of rolling out the first version of Microsoft Windows 2000. There will be a new version, and if that one achieves the outcomes that InTACT and the ACT government want, we will assess that then. But the rest of it I will take on notice.

Gungahlin Development Authority

MR CORBELL: My question is addressed to the Chief Minister and it relates to the release of land at Yerrabi Ponds. Chief Minister, when will the Gungahlin Development Authority release the land at Yerrabi Ponds (thwarted for now), and what process will the authority use to release that land?


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