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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1870 ..

MR DE DOMENICO: Just wait a minute. Just pick a number somewhere. I will find out how much it is costing us to advertise the fact that we are going to have an auction and hiring, I think, the Albert Hall in which to have that auction. I will get back to you, Mr Berry, when I come back with an answer.

Mrs Carnell: You might like to compare it with moneys spent previously.


MR BERRY: Will you table the tender documents and the submission of the successful tenderer in the Assembly?

MR DE DOMENICO: Yes. I think I will do it now, if you like.

Mr Berry: That is good.

MR DE DOMENICO: I will do it now. I table those.

School Curricula Support

MS TUCKER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Stefaniak. Is it correct that there is no longer an identified policy officer for the key learning area of studies of society and environment? If so, how do you justify this?

MR STEFANIAK: I will take that question on notice, Ms Tucker, and get back to you.

Green Jobs Study

MR KAINE: I address a question to Mr Humphries, the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. Minister, I asked you yesterday about a green jobs study which cost $21,500. In your response you indicated that that was a study commissioned by the previous Government. I think you said that it was paid for back in November last year. Later, in a personal explanation, the Leader of the Opposition said that what she saw was a draft of the document, that she sent it back saying that it was unacceptable, and that she gave no authority for it to be paid for. Can you confirm that the Leader of the Opposition did not, perhaps unintentionally, mislead the Assembly when she gave that personal explanation?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Kaine for the question. Irrespective of the question of misleading the Assembly, I think there is a serious implication in that personal explanation given by Ms Follett that, whatever happened, some public servants in the Territory were, without her authority, making payments against the wishes of the government of the day. Either there is a question of whether information given to this Assembly was accurate, or there is an issue of whether public servants have acted contrary to the wishes of their Ministers, and either issue is fairly important. Naturally, there are some public servants in the Territory at the moment who are rather concerned about the implications of those comments.

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