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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 1696..


Forensic Medical Centre

(Question No 999)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 March 2006:

Are there plans to move the Forensic Medical Centre currently situated in the vicinity of Kingston Foreshores; if so, what are the details and how is the move and re-establishment of the centre going to be funded.

Mr Corbell

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

The Government has made no decision to relocate the Forensic Medical Centre. However should such a move be considered in the future, any relocation would be planned to achieve minimal cost to the ACT Taxpayer.

Justice and Community Safety, Department

(Question No 1001)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 March 2006:

Has the Government removed the functions of industrial relations, finance, strategic planning and establishments away from the ACT Law Courts and placed these functions within the Department of Justice and Community Safety; if so, why was this decision made and what are the details of any financial implications arising from this move.

Mr Corbell

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

The government and department are considering the recommendations from the Walter Turnbull report on the ACT Courts and Tribunal - BSU Efficiency Review. The Review recommended a series of structural changes to improve the efficiency of the Business Services Unit's operation. These involved the downgrading and abolition of some positions and the transfer of human resource and finance functions to the Department of Justice and Community Safety Corporate Services.

The department, in consultation with senior courts staff, accepts the thrust of the review with the understanding that the courts will continue to have to strategic human resource and financial expertise.

The above decision has been made following the Auditor General's recommendation 18:

"The LC&T Unit should continue to seek efficiencies, either through suggestions in this report or elsewhere, in order to achieve budget targets"

The changes will result in a saving of $248,000 in salary.

Courts and tribunals—justices of the peace

(Question No 1005)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:


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