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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3710..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

I have a copy of the advice provided by Mr Nicholson, and neither I nor my colleagues can find any reference to the danger of allowing those blue gums at Oakey Hill to remain in situ. Where did this quote come from, or are you making it up?

MR STANHOPE: I will have to refer to the documents that I had yesterday; I do not have them with me. I certainly did not make that up. I will be happy to get back to the Assembly on that. My only memory of the matter-and I won't go further because I cannot recall-is that I read from the documents that I had in front of me.

Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Business continuity planning

MR QUINLAN: I took on notice a question from Mrs Cross in relation to business continuity management and would like to inform the house that the ACT government is involved in critical infrastructure assessments through the Commonwealth government-sponsored trusted information sharing network and work commissioned by the national counterterrorism committee. The ACT government is investigating the efficacy and feasibility of a whole-of-government business continuity plan.

The ACT government does have a business continuity management policy for information management systems for each agency and each agency is being required to develop a plan within that. It does have for its information an offsite backup regime which limits potential loss of information. The core infrastructure has been designed with fault tolerance and the business community in mind and includes primary and secondary data centres and redundant data links to key locations. There are a number of further backups for critical areas, such as hospitals and our central information system.

I can advise that agencies for which I have responsibility, including Actew, InTACT, ACTTAB, EPIC and Totalcare, have prepared or are in the process of preparing various plans covering the issues of business continuity. The one that probably needs the most work is actually the Department of Treasury, but it is on the job.

Electricity charges

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I took on notice a question from Mr Cornwell in relation to material Mr Dyer of the Self-Funded Retirees Association purported to get from Actew. I cannot confirm or deny his position, but I can say that the ActewAGL website clearly states that the eligibility requirement for a rebate is to be a pensioner or DVA card holder for electricity, water, sewerage and natural gas rebates, a health care card holder for an electricity rebate only, and a life support rebate card holder for electricity, water and sewerage. The information on the Commonwealth seniors health card states:

The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card helps senior Australians with the cost of prescription medicine for those of age pension age but do not qualify for an age pension who have an income of less than $50,000 per annum per individual-

a low income self-funded retiree-


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