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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (30 July) . . Page.. 3048..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

that they tell me is in financial difficulty. What does Mr Smyth ask in his letter to me? I quote from his letter. He says:

Valley FM is a valuable community asset. Perhaps there is scope within your community inclusion fund to assist this station.

Here we go-damning it in the debate, damning it in public, scarifying it, putting it down, defaming the chair and the members of the board! But as soon as he can see some political purpose, as soon as he can see some way of perhaps appeasing one of the very few members that he speaks to, he writes to me and asks if he can access the very funds that he criticises as a complete waste of time. What humbug! What a two-faced load of flim-flam from a flim-flam Leader of the Opposition who cannot even be consistent.

Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Digital divide program

Vardon report

MR STANHOPE: Yesterday I took a question on notice in relation to the digital divide program. I have an answer to that question which I will table. I present the following paper:

Digital Divide Program-Answer to question without notice asked of the Chief Minister by Ms Dundas and taken on notice on 29 June 2004.

Also, yesterday I received a question from Mr Cornwell in relation to the reasons for the non-request by me of the Australian Federal Police to investigate a leak relating to the Vardon report. In my response, I said:

My memory is that only two offices within the executive received copies of the report, namely, my office and the office of the Minister for Education and Training.

I have been advised today that a copy was also provided to the office of the Minister for Health but I repeat the comments I made in relation to my confidence in my ministerial colleagues and their officers. I guarantee absolutely that the leak of the Vardon report did not come from the executive. It is a matter that continues to concern me. Yesterday I indicated that only my office and the office of the minister for education had received a report, but a report was also provided to the Minister for Health.

Students with learning disabilities

MS GALLAGHER: On Tuesday in question time I took a question on notice from Ms Dundas on support for students with learning disabilities. I table the answer to that question. I present the following paper:

Support for students with learning disabilities-Answer to question without notice asked of the Minister for Education and Training by Ms Dundas and taken on notice on 22 June 2004.

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