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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 December 2011) . . Page.. 5822 ..


MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, to what extent can qualitative information be derived from quantitative data or vice versa?

MS BURCH: I think I have indicated that the depth and level of the discussions other than the final decision about whether the room is accessed or not I do not believe is recorded, but I am quite happy to go back and ask. But I think it is really telling of those opposite that in all the commentaries that we have about Bimberi they continue to just look at the negative aspects of Bimberi. There has been significant change occurring over the last 12 months at Bimberi that has been recognised by the commissioner for children and young people and that has been recognised by families.

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. One moment, Minister Burch. Stop the clock, thank you.

Mr Smyth: Under standing order 118(b), the answer to a question shall not debate the subject. The question was: to what extent can qualitative information be derived from quantitative data or vice versa? I ask you to get the minister to answer the question.

MS BURCH: I have answered the question, Mr Speaker.

Taxis—wheelchair accessibility

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns wheelchair accessible taxis. It is apparent from the government’s procurement website that the tender for the wheelchair accessible taxi central booking system has had to be re-issued. I understand that this is because no proposals were submitted in response to the initial tender. Minister, what is the government’s plan if again no proposals are received in response to the second tender, and is the government, for example, considering running the booking system itself?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. Yes, it is the case that the government has issued a new tender for the wheelchair accessible taxi centralised booking service. The reason for that is that no tenders were received for the first tender. However, I think that Ms Bresnan’s question is hypothetical in that clearly it seeks to commit the government to a course of action that has not yet eventuated.

On the basis of follow-up that my directorate has undertaken with businesses that made inquiries during the previous tender process, some of these businesses would be interested in tendering if the request for proposal was re-advertised. This in particular is a result of insufficient knowledge on the part of the potentially interested parties around whether or not they would be eligible. Having clarified those issues with those interested parties, we do now believe that a number of tenders will be received. That is why the government has decided to re-tender the service.


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