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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1372..


Public service—procurement guidelines

(Question No 1918)

Dr Foskey asked the Speaker, upon notice, on 4 March 2008:

(1) Is the Speaker aware of guidelines for Sustainable Procurement issued by the ACT Government Procurement Board in November last year;

(2) Is the Assembly required to follow these guidelines; if not, does the Assembly have an independent set of guidelines.

Mr Speaker (Mr Berry): The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, I am aware of the guidelines issued in November last year. Procurement undertaken by the Secretariat has complied with these guidelines and, prior to that date, procurement complied with the guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Procurement first issued in June 2002.

(2) The Assembly (Secretariat) is not a Government agency and therefore the guidelines do not explicitly apply to the Assembly Secretariat. However, it has always been the practice of the Assembly Secretariat to follow guidelines that apply to government agencies, unless to do so would undermine the independence of the Assembly from the Executive.

Nolan Gallery

(Question No 1919)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 4 March 2008:

(1) What progress has been made in discussions with the Commonwealth Government in relation to the future of the Nolan Gallery and Collection;

(2) On what dates were discussions held;

(3) Who attended the discussions;

(4) Is a date expected for the finalisation of discussions and a decision.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Discussions were held recently between officers of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and officers of the Territories and Native Title Division of the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department, which has portfolio responsibility for ACT matters, including the Nolan Collection. The discussions were held in order to assist the officers of the Attorney General's Department in preparing an options paper regarding the future of the Nolan Collection, for the Hon Bob Debus MP, Minister for Home Affairs.

(2) The discussions were held on 5 February 2008.


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