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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2356..


WorkCover Investigation

MR BERRY: My question is to the Chief Minister, Mrs Carnell. I hope she has got over her mirth about the effects of asbestos on schoolchildren, in order that she can direct serious attention to this issue. In the light of the serious questions surrounding the decision of the Minister for Industrial Relations to involve a staff member in an occupational health and safety investigation, does that Minister have your full confidence?

MRS CARNELL: All of my Ministers have my full confidence, or they would not be my Ministers.

MR BERRY: Thank you very much, Mrs Carnell. Would you also mind informing the Assembly of the action that you have taken to satisfy yourself that there was no breach of the law and that that Minister's actions are not improper or inappropriate? Would you inform the Assembly from whom you took advice, and advise the Assembly whether you are prepared to table it or not?

MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much. I certainly have been briefed on this issue, and I am confident that appropriate procedures are in place.

Mr Berry: Would you tell us who briefed you?

MRS CARNELL: You cannot have three questions.

Business Promotion

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism, and still self-promotion.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR WOOD: Following your acknowledgment yesterday that the propaganda material and promotional material in this document was funded by the Government, and therefore the ACT taxpayer, I draw your attention to part of an article in the document which says, "The ACT Liberal Party would like to extend all residential and commercial leases automatically". Why is the ACT taxpayer, through the Government, paying for Liberal Party propaganda?

MR DE DOMENICO: I am happy to answer the question, Mr Speaker. Mr Wood, like the other people on the other side of this house, has not done his homework properly. Mr Wood, you will find that that publication was funded jointly by the Government, BOMA and another organisation. The publication states quite categorically what the Government's policy is. There is nothing wrong with the Government stating what its policies are, Mr Wood.


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