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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 580..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

In some cases that is time limited; in other cases it is not. It is not simply resolved by someone spinning a bottle and determining a position randomly across a range of scenarios. It is the result of exhaustive discussion in the working party, which I established something like six years ago. The great concern the government has about the many amendments before the house is that any finely wrought compromises and agreements that were the basis of the report that came from that working party and any subsequent work will be undone by some of these amendments.

I would argue that it is important not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, as Mr Rugendyke is proposing to do with this new version of clause 17. I think it is better to rely on the arrangement put forward in the government bill as amended--or will be in a moment, I think--by my colleague Mr Stefaniak.

Amendment negatived.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (12.31): I move amendment No 7 circulated in my name on the purple sheet [see schedule 1 part 1 at page 679].

This inserts into clause 17 (a) reference to a proposed lease or provision of a proposed lease, adding those to the categories of lease or provision of a lease.

Amendment agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm

Questions without notice

Totalcare-housing contract

MR STANHOPE: Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly whether he agrees that Totalcare's failure to win the ACT Housing maintenance contract will be seen as a vote of no confidence by other organisations with which Totalcare might tender? Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly why ACT Housing has refused to debrief Totalcare about its failure to win the tender?

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I will take that question as I deal with matters with regard to the total facilities management tender and the final part of Mr Stanhope's question was: why has Housing refused to brief Totalcare? It has not refused to debrief Totalcare, Mr Stanhope. Although I am not aware of the timing of that briefing, I shall certainly find out and let Mr Stanhope know. The normal process following a tender is that unsuccessful tenderers are briefed as to why they were unsuccessful. Not just Totalcare, but other unsuccessful tenderers will need to be briefed.

It is interesting that Mr Berry put out a press release today which reflected some confusion about what was the case with regard to Totalcare. I think I could use the example that I gave to the press when we announced the total facilities management


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