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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3688..


MR CORBELL: In that same letter to Austexx, ACTPLA made it very clear that it should rely on its own advice. It is there in black and white in the letter.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, were you personally involved with the decision to give comfort to the company regarding its legal advice?

MR CORBELL: I was not the decision-maker on these matters; the decision-maker was the planning authority. They have the statutory responsibility to interpret the territory plan.

Mr Seselja: There was no official decision made there.

MR SPEAKER: I warn you, Mr Seselja.

MR CORBELL: They—not I—have responsibility to interpret the territory plan, and I was not involved in that interpretation.

Rape Crisis Centre

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Attorney-General and it is about the Rape Crisis Centre that operates in Canberra. Minister, does the ACT government provide any funding for the operation of this centre? If so, what is the level of this funding and what other resources, if any, are provided to the centre? What processes are used to ensure appropriate accountability for the use of these funds?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware what funding arrangements, if any, exist between the ACT government and the Rape Crisis Centre. I will take Mrs Burke's question on notice.

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, when was the last time the Rape Crisis Centre was subject to any form of evaluation, and what was the outcome of that evaluation?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice and provide some information to Mrs Burke.

Emergency services—volunteer brigade funds

MR PRATT: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. I refer to the volunteer brigades association letter of 20 November 2006 rejecting your government's individual trust fund proposal to resolve the highly charged issue of the RFS and SES volunteer bank accounts and community funds. As you know, the VBA argue that this is money that they have raised and that they should control it. In his letter, Mr Barling of the VBA states that this issue has "caused a great deal of anger, distrust and angst for volunteers, which has not helped retention issues, but has also most likely damaged the recruitment of potential volunteers".

Minister, would you now support a motion to suspend standing order 137 to enable the vote taken last week on the Emergencies Amendment Bill 2006 to be rescinded?


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