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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1441..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

year. You should have spent only $3 million by this stage of the year," she would have a more legitimate concern. I do not understand what is the problem.

We have a program designed to fund important projects. In fact, we have funded some very important projects and the money is being spent. The projects include a grant to the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems-I thought you would be interested in that, Ms Tucker; it is for a pretty good sort of program-for optimisation of thermochemical energy storage for application as 24-hour solar power technology, to Environmental Research and Information Consortium Pty Ltd for the development of techniques in the analysis of biophysical data for the Canberra district wine industry, to NR Pty Ltd for international testing of a leading edge ground sensor system, and so on and so forth. On the face of it, they seem to me to be pretty good investments and they are spending the money that we said we were going to spend.

Alcohol and Drug Service counselling

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the health minister and relates to the Alcohol and Drug Service's streamlined one-number contact-62054545. Of the people who contact that number for the purposes of receiving counselling and are given an appointment at some time in the future, what percentage actually turn up for their counselling sessions?

MR MOORE: I will have to take that question on notice, Mr Rugendyke, as I do not know the exact numbers. I do know that quite a number of the people who make an appointment do not turn up for a session. That is what we would expect, because there are people who approach that line when they are still somewhat intoxicated and think that they want to get off something and then the situation changes for them. I will take the specifics on notice.

MR RUGENDYKE: As a supplementary question, I ask: minister, could you also provide a comparison as to the number of people who have failed to show up for counselling since the implementation of the one number contact and the number of "no shows" for the same period prior to its implementation?

MR MOORE: I am happy to provide that, Mr Rugendyke, but I have to caution you as to the appropriate way to analyse what is provided for you. The change to a single number means that more people are likely to phone a single number as a first approach, so we have to be very careful with our comparisons.

It being 3.00 pm, questions were interrupted pursuant to order of the Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2001-2002

Debate resumed from 1 May 2001, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (3.00): Mr Speaker, on 5 February 1995, the Canberra Liberals' then leader, Mrs Carnell, got to her feet in the Canberra Raiders League Club in Mawson to deliver her party's campaign launch for the looming election.


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