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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1386..


(1) How many public focus groups were conducted through the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the 2007-08 financial year to date;

(2) When were they held and what was the nature of each focus group;

(3) What was the cost to conduct these focus groups;

(4) How much, if anything, were focus group participants paid to attend;

(5) Where can Members get the details and findings of these publicly funded focus groups.

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

I am not prepared to authorise the use of the considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.

Public service—consulting services

(Question No 1956)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) How much was spent on consulting services for the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the 2007-08 financial year to date;

(2) Can the Minister provide details of the individual contracts as outlined in part (1) as to (a) who were they awarded to, (b) at what cost, (c) for what purpose and (d) how were they awarded, for example, by tender or with certificate of exemption.

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

(1) Information regarding Multicultural Affairs use of consultants will be available in the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services 2007-08 annual report. There will also be a table listing all significant contractors and consultants by name.

(2) All new Government contracts executed after 1 October 2007 with a value of $20,000 and over, and prior to that date with a value of $50,000 or greater are published on the public register and included on the ACT Government website at: http://www.contractsregister.act.gov.au.

Public service—advertising

(Question No 1957)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) In relation to advertisements and promotion by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, how much will be spent in the 2007-08 financial year on advertising, promotion, the dissemination of policy information or other information which included the Minister's photograph and/ or a message from the Minister;


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