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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3278..


Bruce Operations Pty Ltd

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to give some more information with regard to Mr Kaine's question. Within the CMD annual report the financial statements for BOPL are published. This report was tabled last week. I table a copy for the information of members. Mr Speaker, I refer you to note 4, "Remuneration and retirement benefits". This shows that no benefits were paid in the year ending 30 June 1999. Mr Kaine seems to believe that there is something strange going on with regard to remuneration. Quite simply, remuneration is not paid to members, and meetings are held when Ms Ford is available and in Canberra. No special trips are made back to Canberra for Ms Ford to attend these meetings. Benefits are not paid to Ms Ford in respect of her attendance at BOPL directors' meetings.

CityScape

MR SMYTH: I have some additional information in answer to Mr Hargreaves' question on disabled workers at CityScape. Three teams of workers from Koomarri are currently engaged in the horticulture section of CityScape. These teams were initially engaged on yearly contracts. However, these contracts expired six months ago, and they have been renewed on a monthly basis since then. The proportion of disabled workers in CityScape has increased over recent years from 4.9 per cent in 1997 to 7.1 per cent, and at present there is no intention to terminate the contract of these workers, provided the current level of work is maintained.

Section 56 - Tenders

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, on 13 October I took a question from Mr Corbell about how many public comments have been received on the short list of tenderers for section 56 in Civic and what the criteria for assessing those tenders were. I table the answer.

PERSONAL EXPLANANTION

MR QUINLAN: I wish to make a personal explanation, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR QUINLAN: In debate on the last sitting day on the extension of the reporting date for the review of the Financial Management Act, Mr Humphries persistently claimed that Mr Stanhope and I had expressed outrage and concern regarding the Act. I think I should repeat a few quotes from Mr Humphries last Thursday. He said:

... review of the operation of the Financial Management Act was, at the time it was moved in this place, a matter of great importance to the Opposition ... Mr Quinlan and Mr Stanhope were adamant that the shortcomings and inadequacies in the Financial Management Act needed to be redressed.


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