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EEO policy has been soundly determined and promulgated over the past few years, and the department has been an acknowledged leader in the development of EEO strategies in the ACT Government Service. However, the department believes that a wider and broader focus is now required for overall EEO matters. A particular revision is required to focus on and address the needs of staff with disabilities, Aboriginal staff and staff from non-English-speaking backgrounds. These needs are much more comprehensively served from the O'Connell Centre because of the better training facilities available at that centre. Mr Speaker, the department has a variety of workplaces in Canberra besides the schools. Staff are located at the Centrepoint building in Tuggeranong, in Civic, Griffith, Woden and O'Connor, as well as at Manning Clark House. It is not necessary or essential that the EEO unit be located in that building. When the department's EEO unit was first established some years ago, it operated quite successfully from the O'Connell Centre.

MS McRAE: I would like to ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. As most people would disagree with Mr Stefaniak's explanation of the move, and given that EEO policies are directly focused on personnel and management and not on the general training that happens to all teachers at the O'Connell Education Centre, could Mr Stefaniak please explain what processes he has put in place to ensure that the close liaison with that officer is continuing, and what is his direction for the implementation of proper EEO policies throughout the department?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I think I have more than adequately answered the question, including the supplementary one.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Report on Review of Auditor-General’s Report No. 4 of 1994 -Government Response

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.11): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's response to Report No. 16 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts of the Second Assembly, which related to the review of Auditor-General's Report No. 4 of 1994 on gaming machine administration and banking arrangements. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

In June 1994 the Auditor-General presented to the Legislative Assembly his Report No. 4 on ACT Treasury gaming machine administration and banking arrangements. In respect of gaming machine administration, the report addressed the management and control of gaming machines in the ACT. It concentrated on the overall effectiveness of the ACT Revenue Office in the administration of gaming machine activities and the efficiency with which the Revenue Office managed its resources, procedures and systems. The report concluded that, while gaming machine operations are generally effectively managed, there were a number of issues the Revenue Office should address.

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