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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1395..


Public service—focus groups

(Question No 1984)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 1 April 2008:

(1) How many public focus groups were conducted through the area of housing 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:

(1) The information will be provided in the 2007-08 Annual Report.

(2) The information will be provided in the 2007-08 Annual Report.

(3), (4) and (5) I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.

Public service—advertising

(Question No 1985)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 1 April 2008:

(1) In relation to advertisements and promotion, 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;

(2) What is the individual breakdown for print media, television, radio and other media such as brochures including direct mail by (a) the Minister's Office, (b) the Minister's department or agency, (c) another agency/ department or Minister's office on behalf of the Minister or the department/agency;

(3) Did the Minister or the Minister's office approve the publication in each case;

(4) How much has been allocated for these activities in the 2007-08 financial year to date by the (a) Minister's office and (b) department/agency.

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

1. After careful consideration of the questions, and advice provided by my Department, I have determined that the information sought is not in an easily retrievable form, and


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