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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4054 ..

MS BURCH: Well, you know, they jump before anyone has a chance to get to the end. But can I say that I have—

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, standing order 118A says that the answer has to be concise and directly relevant to the question. Ms Burch has been going on for the best part of two minutes and has not got to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, come to the question quickly.

MS BURCH: Well, I was. The question was around how we came to the scope of the tender procurement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. “How did we get there”, I would imagine, is part of “who did we talk to to get to this component?” So I had started saying that we have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit within the out-of-home-care sector. That is the first port of call. We have a committee for out-of-home-care placements. This is government and this is non-government providers that come together and have a conversation. They were involved in the procurement process.

Those over there, they want a name that they can come in and pillar and post again. I will go away and find the name, if I can provide it. They are asking me to provide a particular name of what part of the conversation? I could list staff within the department, I could list people on the committee. They are not interested in that. And it seems to me, Mr Speaker, that they are actually not interested in how we develop policies and processes and procurement solutions for those most vulnerable in the out-of-home-care sector.

Mr Doszpot: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I think the question has been answered. Would you like a supplementary?

MR DOSZPOT: My supplementary question is: minister, was a representative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the tender assessment panel? If yes, who was the appointee? If no, why?

MS BURCH: This comes under a question I took on notice yesterday, and I am seeking advice from the department, as I said yesterday, on what advice I can bring back. What advice I can bring back, I will. I think that fits under that response.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Yes. Minister, in relation to the tender for the support programs for 2010-2013, when will you provide the money that was promised by the government in full to a non-government organisation to provide services to grandparent and kinship carers?

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