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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1404..


MR HARGREAVES: I have already said that I have not had any constituent complaints given to me, nor have I had any correspondence from Dr Foskey's office on this issue. I can only assume from that lack of correspondence that people are enjoying the usual quite high quality customer service that they get. Unlike these guys opposite, I do not have hundreds of people stopping me in the streets saying, "I have got these problems."People are not always ringing my office. I am surprised that Mrs Burke and Mr Pratt can get anything done in a day with the number of people who constantly ring them up and say, "I have got this complaint."

As I said in answering Dr Foskey's question, I have not seen the letter. If she wants to give me a copy of it and short-circuit the process, I am happy to receive it. In the meantime, I will take some advice and address the issue accordingly.

DR FOSKEY: I ask a supplementary question. Given the increased number of clients now presenting to the service's non-government housing providers, does the government now require these providers to provide ACT Housing services to its clients? How is it equipping them to do so?

MR HARGREAVES: I am sorry. I do not understand the question.

DR FOSKEY: You have got a problem there.

MR HARGREAVES: I do not understand your question.

Budget—accounting standards

MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Treasurer. In a media release dated 30 May 2007, you stated:

Labor, by contrast, has delivered five successive audited accounting standard surpluses ...

The 2006-07 budget states that GFS is required "to provide an accurate assessment of the longer term sustainability of the budget position". It also says:

Over the past several years, the Territory has recorded large GFS deficits, while achieving operating surpluses under the AAS measure.

The 2006-07 budget paper says:

... Territory governments have traditionally included such windfalls as revenues, creating a situation where the underlying reality of the Territory's fiscal position has been less than clear.

Treasurer, why do you continue to boast about AAS surpluses when, by your own admission, they do not accurately portray the territory's fiscal position?

MR STANHOPE: Once again, I comment on the fact that the shadow Treasurer glories in drawing attention to the accounting standards applied in the territory over the last 10 or 12 years and glories in raising issues around who produced surpluses


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