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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4527..


Background

The death cap mushroom is responsible for 90% of all deaths related to mushroom consumption. In the ACT, there have been two fatalities associated with Death Cap mushrooms in the last 10 years, one in 1995 the other in 2002. During this period there have been around a dozen reported cases of poisoning.

Finding by the coroner into the 2002 mushroom related death revealed that the deceased was well aware of the dangers of death cap mushrooms however it was likely that she had failed to identify them due to the poor evening light.

Totalcare Industries Ltd

(Question No 338)

Ms Dundas asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 13 November 2002:

For each of the three segments of Totalcare Industries Ltd:

(1) What was the total revenue received from ACT Government clients?

(2) What was the total revenue received from clients other than the ACT Government?

(3) What was the total cost of providing services to ACT Government clients?

(4) What was the cost of providing services to clients other than the ACT Government?

(5) What was the total value of services performed by Totalcare for the ACT Government for which Totalcare was not required to compete with other companies?

Mr Quinlan: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

Overview

Some of the information sought by the member on the business segments is commercially sensitive and not appropriate for public disclosure as it contains detail of Totalcare's margins for each of its composite businesses. Totalcare would be disadvantaged if competitors had access to this cost profiling. However, under current accounting standards the financial statements for 30 June 2002 detail some information on the business segments. These are at Note 32 of the financial statements included in the Totalcare Industries Ltd Annual Report 2002.

Response to Specific Questions

(1) On a whole of company basis, $39.2 million was received from ACT Government clients in 2001-02.

(2) On a whole of company basis, $28.9 million was received from non ACT Government clients in 2001-02.


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