Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3831..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
those first steps, the creation of an entirely new department, involved the transfer of a significant number of staff from TAMS into another agency. So part of the answer to your question, Mr Hanson, is there for you to see. We have created an entirely new department essentially out of parts of the pre-existing TAMS.
Those are significant discussions around significant restructuring. Of course, they are designed to ensure a streamlined, more efficient and, in the case of the environment, water and energy, a far more dedicated and focused attention to the major issue facing this community and the world. To suggest that we have been tardy in making decisions or beginning a restructure is not reflected in the facts.
I continue to have discussions going forward in relation to those very same sorts of issues in relation to other areas of operation of the department, and I will happily report on those in December.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you have stated that you felt like you were "being peed on from a great height"over the Al Grassby statue and that the decision by John Hargreaves was not red hot. You have referred to the consultation performance of John Hargreaves over the Fringe Festival as regrettable. You have said that you regret the decision of cabinet over fireworks, led by John Hargreaves. Chief Minister, do you still stand by this minister, despite his regrettable performances?
MR STANHOPE: I have no recollection of making some of those statements at all and I would be pleased if Mr Doszpot would table the transcripts of me making the statements he has just attributed to me. It is very difficult for me to answer the question—and I am happy to stand corrected on this—but the third of the statements that have just been attributed to me, I do not recall having made. I have no intention of answering a question based on statements that I am purported to have made and that I have no memory of making. So I would be very pleased if Mr Doszpot would table the document from which he was quoting.
MR DOSZPOT, by leave: I table the article I quoted from. I present the following paper:
Minister for Disability and Housing—statements quoted by Mr Doszpot.
MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for corrections—
Mr Hargreaves: Why don't you ask me these things?
MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves! Ms Bresnan, please start again.
MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the minister for corrections and is in regard to the community reference group. Minister, on 1 April you wrote to the corrections coalition indicating that you had asked your department