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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1018..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The number has reduced in the last three years from 800 to fewer than 500 now. As a result of this latest round of redundancies following the loss of this major ACT government contract it is likely that the Totalcare work force will have halved in just over three years. The government owes it to those who are about to be offered redundancies, and all those who are still there, wondering whether or not there is any future or whether or not Totalcare will go the same way as ACTEW-that it is not on the agenda, but we know that after the election it will go.

MR SPEAKER: The member's time has expired.

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

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm

Ministerial arrangements

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, in the absence of the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, I will be taking questions on his portfolio in today's question time.

Questions without notice

Integrated document management system

MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Will the minister tell the Assembly the value of the tender let late last year for an integrated document management system? Can he confirm that a related tender-for the financial assessment proposal to supply such a system-was won by the Alliance Consulting Group at a cost of $83,000? Was that contract let for a period of two months from 3 October last year?

MR SMYTH: I do not have details of the tenders and their value as let. I am happy to take the member's question on notice and answer it accordingly.

MR STANHOPE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Given that the government has re-called tenders for the supply of an integrated document management system, can the minister tell the Assembly what has happened to the Alliance Consulting Group contract?

MR SMYTH: Again, I will take that on notice.

Members staff-log of claims

MRS BURKE: Can the Chief Minister advise the Assembly whether he has received a log of claims from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance on behalf of members staff? If so, can he advise the Assembly of the details of the log of claims?

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, I can provide details of the claim that is being made. I hesitate to read it out, because I know that there are many members staff in the chamber and I would hate to see their eyes light up in anticipation of what might be on offer. The claim refers to a minimum salary of $200,000 per year, rising to $500,000; a pay rise


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