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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . . Page.. 1127..


MR SESELJA: Minister, does this not create the perception that the ACT public service is advising and contributing to ACT Labor Party policy announcements during the election campaign?

MS GALLAGHER: No. The Leader of the Opposition is the only one peddling that.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, can you assure the Assembly that this work by the public service was for the government, not the Labor Party?

MS GALLAGHER: My reading of the email is that it was requested by an adviser to the Chief Minister, who is the head of the government.

ACT public service—employees working from home

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and is in regard to the government's policy on ACT government employees working from home. In July 2007, the government committed, in the weathering the change action plan, to conduct a review of travelling to work options in 2008, including increased working from home options. Minister, was this review conducted? What were the findings in relation to working from home and is the government actively supporting this policy?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. This requires a detailed response, and I will take it on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what are the OH&S responsibilities for the government when ACT government employees work from home? Are they different for senior staff who occasionally work from home? How has this impacted on the government's policy?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. Once again, this is a particularly detailed question and I will take it on notice.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, has the government calculated costs and savings for the application of this policy?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question, and I will take it on notice.

MR HARGREAVES: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.


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