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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4361..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

I noted with interest your response this evening at the Weston Creek Community Council meeting to Molonglo constituent Ms Ruth Cully that the ALP has a policy of providing an answer to a request to a minister's office in no more than 6 weeks from such receipt.

Whilst it is true that Ms Watt from your office responded to our initial request in 2 working days, and we thank her for the prompt initial reply, we thought we might like to bring to your attention that next week it will be the 6 month anniversary of our request for information that we originally requested and we are still awaiting a formal reply.

Perhaps you should be aware that Ms Dundas' office was able to provide us with information relating to Question on Notice 155 which asked related questions within 2 weeks, but unfortunately this did not answer the queries as originally requested by the Equality Party.

We would be grateful if you could please advise when we can reasonably expect a response.

I share Mr Reynolds' concerns and I certainly hope that the housing department, through its minister, will respond very soon, because six months is quite unreasonable.

On one other point: I note that Mr Mark Sinderberry is going to leave the position of chief executive of the Brumbies and take up a position with the English club, Saracens. I would like to put on the record my appreciation-and, I would hope, for most members of the Assembly who have any interest in rugby, their appreciation-of the work Mr Sinderberry has done over the last seven years in his capacity as chief executive of the Brumbies. They have certainly put the ACT on the map in world rugby. They have had a magnificent series of seasons, winning one premiership and playing in three grand finals.

Mr Sinderberry certainly leaves them in excellent condition. I thank him for his efforts for the Brumbies and for ACT rugby, and wish him well in his new position with the English club, Saracens.

Centre for Refugee Research

MS TUCKER (11.42): I especially want to put on the record my appreciation of the work of the Centre for Refugee Research. I have become aware of their work, particularly since preparing for the debate today.

Miles Franklin Primary School

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations) (11.42), in reply: I recently received a letter from the mother of a boy who is in year 6 at Miles Franklin Primary School. I think the letter speaks for itself, but I want to read it into the record. The letter begins:


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