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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 1803..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

If Ms Tucker is suggesting that there are not many resources available to LAPACs, let me remind her that the recent budget of the Government set aside $100,000 for servicing the LAPACs in various ways. If you apportion it between the three LAPACs, that is an average of $33,000 each. Much of that will be spent on having resources within the Planning Authority and other arms of government to feed the work of the LAPACs. Indeed, Mr Tomlins's presence at the LAPAC meeting the other night was designed to give them top level advice from the most senior level of the public service on what was happening with the LAPACs. If they request other advice or information, of course it will be furnished. But we ask them to look at the issue with some urgency, because in my view and the view of the Government it is a matter of some outstanding concern.

Graffiti

MR BERRY: My question is directed to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Urban Services. Minister, the issue of graffiti has been the focus of a great deal of attention both here and in other States, and the Planning and Environment Committee has taken it on as a reference. In seeking a solution to the problem, has the Minister asked the Minister for the Environment to take the matter to ANZECC?

MR DE DOMENICO: The answer to that question - and I thank Mr Berry for the question - is no.

MR BERRY: I ask a supplementary question. Since an ANZECC meeting - maybe I should ask the Minister to tell me what the acronym stands for but I will not - is due, will the Minister assure this house that, in line with the priority that we give the issue, he will ensure that the issue is given a high priority at ANZECC?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I am glad that Mr Berry asked the question about graffiti, because it gives the Government an opportunity of outlining the wonderful program it has in mind for the removal of graffiti. Mr Berry would know that on 15 August I announced a comprehensive approach to combat graffiti vandalism of Canberra's community assets.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order.

MR DE DOMENICO: This is such an important issue, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: If it is so important, I would have expected an answer to the main question. We are at the supplementary question stage and he has just found the place. Since there is a meeting due, will the Minister give an undertaking that he will ensure that the issue is given a high priority at ANZECC? All he has to do is the same as he did before - say yes or no - and it will satisfy me. I know about the other stuff. We have heard it chapter and verse.


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