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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5551 ..


MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how many new supported accommodation places does the government budget for annually and what percentage of the unmet need does this meet?

MS BURCH: I will roll that into the other question for Ms Bresnan and bring back what I can around unmet need, projected growth and those elements around supported accommodation.

RSPCA—funding

MR COE: My question is to the minister for TAMS, but in his absence, the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, yesterday the minister for TAMS retracted his claim made publicly in the Canberra Times that an additional $150,000 was paid to the RSPCA over and above the amount agreed in its funding agreement. Will you now assure the RSPCA that they will in fact receive the additional $150,000 in the 2010-2011 financial year?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Coe for the question. I think the intention very much—in fact, the extra appropriation was provided for the RSPCA. So it has been appropriated and it will be provided to the RSPCA.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: According to the table that the minister presented yesterday, I believe the $150,000 was for this financial year rather than for 2010-11. Would you please clarify whether there will be $150,000 extra for this financial year as well as for 2011?

MS GALLAGHER: There has only been one extra amount of $150,000—that is my understanding—and that is appropriated in the budget that has just been passed. I will check, but my understanding is that there was an extra $150,000 in the 2011-12 budget.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, will you ensure that Minister Corbell writes a letter to the Canberra Times correcting the record and issues a press release correcting the record and giving an apology? If not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: I believe that he has written to the Canberra Times to correct the letter to the editor, and he has made public comments in this place, on the radio and through social media, correcting—

Mr Smyth: So there will be no press release?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure. He has made a public apology. He has corrected the record. I think that is more than adequate in terms of what is required in the ministerial code of conduct. He is required to correct the record; he has done just that.


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