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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4067..


MR CORBELL: I think the client profile is outlined in the annual reports, so I draw Dr Foskey's attention to that. In relation to access, I am aware that some stakeholders have raised some concern about access to the new offices at Fyshwick, but I have also received comment that the opportunity for more immediate parking at Fyshwick, particularly for the Registrar-General's Office, is an advantage.

It is important to stress that the functions of the Registrar-General are not everyday functions for all citizens in our community, but they nevertheless provide an important service to people when they are changing title on a property, registering a birth, death or marriage and so on, or needing to get documentation on those matters. The feedback I have had in relation to the Registrar-General's Office has been that there is easier at the door access than there was in the Civic location.

I am comfortable with the arrangements to relocate these offices to Fyshwick. It is part of the government's overall accommodation strategy, which is about rationalising our accommodation arrangements, ensuring that we use space in the most efficient way and reducing costs to the taxpayer accordingly.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Dr Foskey?

DR FOSKEY: Could the Attorney-General please advise the Assembly of the floor space required by these agencies in Fyshwick, the saving in rent that the move will deliver and whether it was considered that these services could be accommodated in the parts of the North Building that the Cultural Facilities Corporation is handing back?

MR CORBELL: I can assure Dr Foskey that very lengthy and detailed consideration was given to all the accommodation changes that have occurred in the past number of months. In relation to the other detail in her question, I am happy to take that on notice and provide that information to her.

Planning—EpiCentre lease

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, the Auditor-General, in her report on the sale of block 8, section 48, Fyshwick, has addressed, among other matters, two key issues: value for money from the sale and the marketing processes for the sale. Minister, can you advise the Assembly on these matters?

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. We are currently in a censure motion on the EpiCentre block and there is another motion on the notice paper. That notice is No 2 for Mr Seselja. Is it appropriate to visit it at all?

MR SPEAKER: Let me have a look at the notice paper.

Mr Corbell: Be careful about the precedent you are setting here.

Mr Hargreaves: Interesting precedent yesterday. Be very careful.


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