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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 234..


MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Wood, please continue your answer.

MR WOOD: You have all been warned! You know now that I will do absolutely anything to avoid answering a question!

I understand the reason for the question. I think that it would be fairly well known around here that I am not addicted to putting out reams and reams of media statements. That is something I have never done and I am probably not going to do it, although things have changed a bit. I do have a fine media officer who sees it as his sacred duty to put out a dozen statements a day, but they have not been coming through. I suppose a part of his performance agreement requires him to do something like that.

I understand-and I say "understand" because technology and I are not always at one-that the system my colleagues have used is to email to one source, which then emails it onto the web site. We are waiting to lock into a more direct system. I think that is the explanation. I know that there is something there and I have spoken recently to Canberra Connect, which is part of my ministerial responsibility, about a number of matters affecting the web site.

Stand by, Mr Stefaniak; you will be getting them. I have a number there already, if you really want to catch up with what has been happening.

MR STEFANIAK: I have a supplementary question. I would be absolutely fascinated to do so, Mr Wood. Now that you seem to be sorting out the technology, can you give a deadline as to when those releases will be available on the government media web site to ensure that you are being open and accountable and we can see the gems of your wisdom?

MR WOOD: It is something to which the member opposite should have given more thought, because I understand that the former government, of which he was a significant member, stopped posting media releases some weeks before the election and they were not always available.

Mr Humphries: Our address is still on your web site, as far as I know. I found it there a couple of weeks ago.

MR WOOD: Yes, but we are sorting out the problems with getting everything across and up-to-date on the government web site.

Disabled students

MS GALLAGHER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister inform the Assembly of what initiatives the government is taking to continue to assist those students who have a disability and who are approaching the end of their schooling?

MR STANHOPE: I am very pleased to respond to that question. It is a timely question in the context of an evening I spent last night at the annual dinner of the Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship where I discussed many of these issues, particularly issues around the difficulty of some people in our community with some difficulties still to


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