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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2371..


Thursday, 24 June 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Shepherd Centre and Noah's Ark

Statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo-Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing), by leave: Yesterday the Assembly resolved that I should report back on a number of aspects arising from the Department of Education and Training's forthcoming tender for therapy services. A number of members made the sensible point in the debate yesterday that there should be continuity of funding to existing grant recipients until the tender process is completed. I agree with that assessment.

As the Assembly is aware, the first tranche of continuity funding to existing grant recipients was to run out in December last year. At that time I directed my department to ensure continuity of funding until the tender was complete. I was advised at that time, and again on 22 April this year, that under the tender process new services would be in place by 1 July this year.

On that advice, funding to existing grant recipients was maintained until 1 July. However, it is now clear that the new tender will not be in place by 1 July. Yesterday I sought advice from the Department of Education and Training on the best way to deliver on my direction of December last year that funding to existing grant recipients be maintained until the tender process is completed.

Following that advice, I have decided to maintain funding to existing grant recipients until the end of this calendar year. This will ensure that the tender process can be completed in the coming months and continuity of service be maintained until the commencement of services funded under the tender for therapy services. I have asked the Chief Executive of the Department of Education and Training to contact existing grant recipients today to advise them of the details of this continuity to funding.

Road Transport (Drink Driving) Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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