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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3888..


That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Totalcare Industries

MRS BURKE (5.15): At lunchtime today, just before giving an interview to WIN TV, Mr Quinlan chided that perhaps I was not providing facts. I would like to provide Mr Quinlan with the facts that are well known within the community in relation to the matter that we are talking about. These are some examples that we have already raised in this place but just so that Mr Quinlan is quite clear that I have my facts, I will run through some dates and things that people in the community will know about, people who have contacted me to say what the problem is.

  • October 2001: security in Manning Clark Offices.

  • December 2001: Belconnen High School, major concerns have been raised regarding Totalcare's profit margin and mark up on upgrade projects by more than one person.

  • 2001: substandard upgrades at three special schools in Canberra-Cranleigh, Malkara and Turner.

  • 2001: manipulation of budget submissions, 2001, 2002 and 2003, to cover expended areas of the previous year's budget. Funds where identified under specific items and when the funds were approved.

  • February 2002-I wonder whether the minister and the Treasurer are aware of this one-Mount Rogers, the use of the time out rooms in schools, and the assault of a teacher by a student.

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order. The matter being detailed now by the member is the subject of a public interest disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. It is quite serious that legislation relating to issues around public interest disclosure is being used in this way. Over the past week we have seen in questions to the minister that the opposition has access to documents the subject of public interest disclosure-documents that have not been made available to the minister consistent with the public interest disclosure legislation. We have now what I regard as a very serious interference with the operation of a piece of legislation within the ACT. It is entirely inappropriate. I think you should rule that this is a real interference with the operation of a piece of legislation.

Mrs Dunne: I have a point of order on the point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: I have not finished yet.

Mrs Dunne: I have a point of order on the point of order, and the member should sit down.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: We are getting into repetition here. Make the point of order please, Chief Minister, and then I will hear the next one.

Mr Stanhope: I am making the point of order.


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