Page 8 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 12 February 1991

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I certainly hope that all members of this Assembly and all members of community groups and community groups themselves will give that task force every cooperation as it seeks to find a solution to what are, I think we all realise, extremely difficult problems facing our community.

Royal Canberra Hospital North

MRS GRASSBY: My question is to the Chief Minister. Given the importance of the construction industry as an employment base in Canberra, can the Chief Minister explain the failure of his Minister for Urban Services to properly implement the public works project management contract system, which consequently led to the Hunt Boilers dispute at the Royal Canberra Hospital North?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I would not attempt to explain to the member of the Opposition how Mr Duby conducts his business. If she really wants to know, she should ask him.

Commercial Tenancies

MS FOLLETT: I have a further question to Mr Kaine. I refer the Chief Minister to the Government's response to the Assembly committee's inquiry into commercial tenancies. I ask Mr Kaine: First of all, does he consider that the commercial tenancy arrangements are relevant in any way to the dramatic increase in bankruptcies in the ACT; and, secondly, will he advise the Assembly of what progress, if any, there has been on the introduction of effective self-regulation in this area?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, in answer to an earlier question I indicated that I had commissioned two studies into small business difficulties, one of which is to determine what are the fundamental causes of bankruptcy in the ACT in particular. I am quite sure that, if, as indicated by the Leader of the Opposition, the tenancy agreements are one factor, that will be brought out in the report that comes to me. I will then consider what, if anything, in addition the Government should do about that, when I have that information before me.

MS FOLLETT: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I think that Mr Kaine was distracted by Mr Collaery and may not have heard the last part of my question, which was: Will he report on the progress, if any, that there has been on self-regulation in this area? This was the Government's position in response to the Assembly's report.

MR KAINE: I will take the question on notice and give a comprehensive reply, Mr Speaker.

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