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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 3462..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Over this next financial year it will water through summer 20,000 newly planted trees. It cleans all of our shopping centres and shopping areas. It cleans all of our bus stops and bus stop areas. It cleans the suburban shopping centres. It cleans all of our toilets. It cleans all of our barbeque areas. It cleans all of our picnic areas and playgrounds. There are significant numbers of them. There are 115 public toilets, many of them cleaned six times a day. There are 285 separate picnic areas and over 450 separate playground areas. These are massive tasks. Toilets and other infrastructure are cleaned multiple times daily. It is an enormous task that Parks, Conservation and Lands undertakes on our behalf.

As the city grows and as the area of land managed continues to expand in relation to its complexity and the need for detailed servicing, the government is looking at new ways of dealing with base pressures in relation to the management of this enormous suite of responsibilities and of land across the board. In many areas it is detailed, including the management of Mulligan's Flat, the management of Tidbinbilla and the management of Jerrabomberra wetlands—areas of very high, significant ecological and environmental value which require significant resources, all of them managed by Parks, Conservation and Lands.

So the government will be holding a number of forums in months to come. We will be seeking to engage with the community in relation to the community's expectations of the level of service, whether there are services that we might not deliver to the extent that we do, whether or not the services that we do provide are being appropriately provided and whether or not the community believe that there are other services they are prepared to pay more for. It is a range of community forums which I look forward to hosting in order to determine whether there are a range of community partnerships which we are able to enter into.

In the context of our determination to refine the operations of TAMS, TAMS has undergone quite a significant internal review—a look at itself. It did commission a strategic budget review of its operations, and I will be tabling that in just a minute.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister and it relates to the ministerial code of conduct, which says:

Ministers ... are to ensure that their conduct, whether in a personal or official capacity, does not ... damage public confidence in the system of government.

Chief Minister, every one of your colleagues has been willing to answer questions regarding their involvement in the Canberra Labor Club Group deal and have ruled out that they or their staff or any representative of them have been involved at any level in influencing or directing the sale or withdrawal of sale of the Canberra Labor Club Group. Why are you not willing to answer the same question?

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I have answered this question; I have answered it fully. At no stage ever have I breached the ministerial code of conduct in relation to this issue or any other issue.


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