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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2222..


(2) If the total cost is in fact $10.4 million, could you please explain where the additional $0.4 million appears in the Budget Papers.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The total construction cost is $10.4 million including GST.

(2) The budget paper shows that $10.0 million (excluding GST) is available or $11.0 million if you include GST. The remaining $0.6 million (including GST) was allocated for project management, design and construction supervision.

Seniors-policy

(Question No 716)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 17 June 2003:

What has the Government done to implement ACT Labor Party policy of the 2001 election in respect of Older Canberrans in relation to:

(1) Mature age employment strategy;

(2) Incentives to encourage employers to employ older people;

(3) Opportunities for training and skills development for older unemployed people;

(4) Increasing the capacity of organisations to develop effective and innovative volunteer opportunities.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The Office for Ageing has commenced work on facilitating the implementation of these Government commitments. In particular:

the Positive Ageing Inter-Agency Committee has been established to assist with the development and implementation of the strategy and associated initiatives - the Committee includes representatives not only from all ACT Government agencies, but also from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services; and

the ACT Office for Ageing has commenced comprehensive scoping work on available research and initiatives in other areas and jurisdictions and has commenced dialogue with Commonwealth and State Government officials responsible for employment strategies and programs through the national Positive Ageing Taskforce.

The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing has also identified mature age employment as a key priority for the provision of advice. It has established a sub-group


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