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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3669..

(4) The total value of public housing rental arrears is $863,302.

(5) In 2003-04 forty-eight tenants were evicted due to rental arrears.

(6) Since 2002-03 public housing stock in the ACT has increased by 1% to 11,509 properties.

Canberra Institute of Technology

(Question No 1714)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) What information can the Minister provide in relation to current allegations regarding cash-for-awards within the Business and Communication Faculty at the Canberra Institute of Technology;

(2) Can the Minister advise if there are any other faculties currently under investigation for alleged fraudulent activities.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) As there is no Faculty of Business and Communication within the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), I take this question to be referring to the Faculty of Business and Information Technology.

As far as I am aware, there are no allegations regarding the issuing of CIT Awards in return for financial payment (referred to as cash-for-awards in your question) in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology.

CIT has advised me of a past matter, regarding the issuing of documents that give the impression of being CIT Awards, by individual/s in one Faculty of CIT. This issue is the subject of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation and CIT has conducted an internal inquiry into the matter under the terms of the Public Sector Management Act. There are, however, no allegations of any inappropriate financial dealings in this investigation.

(2) No other Faculties within CIT are under investigation. As with any large organisation, however, there may occasionally be issues involving the investigation of individuals and CIT reports on such matters each year in its Annul Report.

CIT's Annual Report 2003 was presented to me on 11 March and tabled in the Legislative Assembly at that time. On pages 84 and 85, two matters are mentioned that are the subject of investigation or inquiry and one where a preliminary investigation is underway. The outcomes of these matters will be reported in detail in the Institute's Annual Report for 2004.

One other matter, finalised in 2003, is also reported in detail on the same pages of its Annual Report for 2003.

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