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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1544 ..

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, Mrs Dunne’s question was about grandparents and Mr Seselja’s question was very wide ranging around support services for grandparents.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch, I invite you to continue, and let us focus on the question at hand, please.

MS BURCH: I have just been saying that the department is contacting—talking and having discussion as to how better to support, how to put through the procurement processes to come to an end of the support arrangements with Grandparent and Kinship Carers ACT. If the opposition want us to go out and talk to individual people as opposed to a representative group—do one and not the other—that is a flawed process. We are doing both.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister on what date did the procurement process for this money which you have mentioned in the Assembly commence?

MS BURCH: In response to an earlier question from Mrs Dunne, I said that it is anticipated the next stage of the procurement process will commence in the next two months.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Committee reports—Schedule of Government responses—March 2010.

Labor-Greens agreement

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): Just initially, Mr Speaker, in reference to question time and your rulings in relation to the nature of the Greens-Labor alliance, I would like to table an extract from the Hansard from Mr Smyth, if I may. It reads:

But the Greens-Labor alliance is not a creature of the Assembly; it is not part of the Assembly … It is not a government agreement; it is not an Assembly agreement. It is an agreement between two private entities that just happen to be the Greens and the Labor Party that forms the Labor-Greens alliance.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

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