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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2981..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

We have put in place a number of strategies to ensure that our service to our clients is much more efficient. One example, Mr Speaker, is the brochure which was delivered recently asking tenants to indicate what problems they had with their houses and what things needed fixing. Those things are very important. One of the big sources of complaint was maintenance problems. Another one was priority listing. We are doing all we can. I have mentioned in a number of instances how best we can overcome this problem. I think we are making very good headway in relation to that, Mr Speaker. I am very confident of seeing the percentage of complaints decrease next year.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. You have said that you have put in place a number of strategies, and you mentioned the pamphlet. Could you table a document to show all the other strategies?

MR STEFANIAK: I think I have made mention on a number of occasions, Mr Speaker, of a number of strategies we have put in place. In terms of any documents that have been produced by the Housing Trust in relation to improved strategies, and anything that I might have said in relation to that and made public, I am happy to have those collated and I will give them to Ms Tucker.

Education Budget - Salary Increases

MR BERRY: My question is directed to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. I would remind the Minister of the claims made by the Chief Minister that the Government is prepared to supplement salary increases for government employees to the tune of 3.9 per cent with no trade-offs, and that this was funded in the budget. I further remind the Minister that on 5 December in this Assembly, in answer to a dorothy dixer from Mr Kaine about the Government's reported offer to all ACT government workers, the Minister for Industrial Relations, your colleague Mr De Domenico, said, among other things:

... here is the Government's agenda, up front, on the table, no strings attached. In this instance it is $7 per week average per employee, starting next payday. There are no strings attached and no productivity to counter things at all. There is to be an increase of 3.9 per cent over 21/2 years. We have said, "If you want any more than - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! We might have some productivity from you, Mr Berry. Can we have the question?

MR BERRY: This is by way of explanation and it is a direct quote. It may be embarrassing for your colleagues, Mr Speaker, but it has to be carried through. I quote:

We have said, "If you want any more than 3.9 per cent, let us discuss it on an agency level and we can talk about that as well".


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