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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3269..


MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question. I come back to the question that I originally asked. Will the Chief Minister table all resolutions of the board of Bruce Operations Pty Ltd that relate to remuneration of its members in any respect?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, that question was asked last week.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, standing orders state that a question, once asked, cannot be asked again. It has been answered.

Mr Kaine: So the Chief Minister will not table the resolution? Is that the answer?

MR SPEAKER: I will check to see whether the question has been asked.

Public Service - Merit Selection Process

MR HARGREAVES: I thank the Minister for Urban Services for a smack and a chop with a wet lettuce, with absolutely no effect whatsoever, and I thank you, Mr Hird. Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. On 6 August last the head of the Chief Minister's Department advised ACT government staff that Mr Mick Lilley had been appointed chief executive of the new Department of Treasury and Infrastructure.

Ms Carnell: Acting chief executive.

Mr Humphries: Oops, there goes his question.

MR HARGREAVES: Hang on a second. I will just wait till the rabble cease their rabblery. On 24 August, in answer to a question from Mr Stanhope about Mr Lilley's appointment, the Chief Minister told the Assembly:

... the person who is heading up the new department headed up the old area of OFM. It is the same job ...The Government has total faith in the person involved. He has performed extraordinarily well over the last few years ...

Given the subsequent advertisement of the job Mr Lilley currently holds, chief executive of the Department of Treasury and Infrastructure, can the Chief Minister say what has changed in the Government's attitude?

MS CARNELL

: Absolutely nothing. As members would know, in situations like this the Government always advertises these positions. We always go through a merit selection process, but there is absolutely nothing to prevent the Government from acting people in roles, which is exactly what we did in this situation. Mr Lilley was the acting chief executive. That is what you will find in the documentation. He was brought across because we have faith in Mr Lilley in that the job of heading up OFM and the job of


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