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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3648..


Does the ACT Government still intend to develop sustainability legislation; if not, why not; if so, what is the anticipated timeline for (a) public release of the discussion paper regarding the sustainability legislation, (b) a draft version of the sustainability legislation, (c) the introduction of a sustainability bill into the Assembly and (d) for final passage of the sustainability legislation.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The Government remains committed to the development of sustainability legislation. However, due to limited resources, and the need to progress other priorities such as the Climate Change Strategy it has been decided to postpone any further work.

Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd

(Question No 1354)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 October 2006 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) On what was the $232 000 spent by Rhodium for corporate entertainment;

(2) Who approved this expenditure;

(3) What benefit was Rhodium supposed to derive from this expenditure;

(4) Was the Board advised of these expenditures; if so, how and when;

(5) Did the Board or Management advise the shareholders or the officers of the ACT Government; if so, how and when;

(6) Did Rhodium host the shareholders or other officers of the ACT Government with this money; if so, can the Minister give details of (a) who was hosted, (b) at what events and functions and (c) when this occurred.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The ACT Auditor-General's Performance Audit report on Rhodium, at page 54, provides a full explanation of the $232,000 spent on Corporate Entertainment.

(2) The Rhodium Board has advised that the former Chief Executive Officer approved corporate entertainment. The respective Rhodium management cardholders, including the former CEO, approved the various meal entertainment expenses.

(3) The Rhodium Board has advised that this expenditure was targeted as a form of direct marketing, to develop client and supplier relationships, and to raise the profile of Rhodium in order to improve business growth.

(4) The Rhodium Board has advised that it was not provided with expenditure reports on individual entertainment or marketing events.

(5) Rhodium did not provide the shareholders or other officers of the ACT Government with entertainment expenditure reports. Following the assertions of inappropriate actions by the former CEO, the Board instituted three reviews by KPMG in which details


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