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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 1796..


Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a further point of order. Would the Minister be gracious enough to take it on notice rather than asking us to put it on notice. Putting it on notice is a longer procedure. If he takes it on notice now, we might get an answer before the end of the day's proceedings.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, in fact, that is what I think I said. If I did not say that, I will take the question on notice.

Green Jobs Study

MR KAINE: Question time gets technical, does it not?

Mr Berry: Not from your lot.

MR KAINE: I notice that you have plenty of advisers on the Opposition benches to tell you how to run your business, Mr Speaker. I hope that you feel secure.

MR SPEAKER: Very secure.

MR KAINE: I address a question to Mr Humphries, Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. Minister, have you heard the statements by the Leader of the Opposition in which she dismissed the findings of a study on green jobs that cost $21,500 and in which she said that the report should have been "sent back"? If so, why was the report not sent back, and what indicators did you use to determine that the report was, in your opinion, satisfactory?

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank Mr Kaine for his question. I must admit, Mr Speaker, that when I saw Ms Follett's press release I felt chastised. I felt quite concerned that I had allowed this document, this green jobs report, which was clearly substandard - at least Ms Follett thought so - to be received by the ACT Government and to be paid for. I saw the report on green jobs. It has a green cover, so it must be about green jobs, I suppose. Ms Follett points out in her press release:

... 27 of the 34 recommendations do nothing more than call for more studies or further assessments.

Ms Follett nods her head to say, "Yes, that is not a very good thing". I suppose that you could be tempted to say that. Twenty-seven of the 34 recommendations are nothing more than a call for more studies or further assessments. Ms Follett also says:

Even the Minister and his advisers seem unable to find anything good to write about it.

She has caught me out there, Mr Speaker. I did find it difficult.

Ms Follett: I did not say that.


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