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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2202 ..

Mr Moore: Why, then, does the department have to find $4.7m? You do not want to answer that one, do you?

MRS CARNELL: I will answer Mr Moore's comment, which he said he did not want me to answer.

MR SPEAKER: Which is out of order.

MRS CARNELL: It is totally out of order. Mr Moore has suggested that somehow education funding does not have to change over time. The priorities change. We do things such as opening new high schools down at Lanyon. We do things such as planning for new schools at Nicholls. Interestingly, we change priorities with demographic changes. That requires saving some money in some areas so that we can spend it in others.

Industrial Relations Consultant

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Industrial Relations. Considering Mr Houlihan's past involvement with the Mudginberri case and the H.R. Nicholls Society, does his appointment as a consultant by your Government indicate your endorsement of confrontationist, extreme right-wing industrial relations tactics?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Wood for his question. The answer is no.

MR WOOD: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Mr De Domenico might say how it is, then, that he will take advice from this person. Is it also a case of a vote of no confidence in his own industrial relations specialist staff?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Wood for his supplementary question. No, it is not a case of not having confidence in the staff who are currently there. Had Mr Wood asked the right questions he would have realised that the appointment of Mr Houlihan was made as a result of the staff in the office saying that they needed someone like Mr Houlihan to assist them in their negotiations with the unions.

Chief Minister's Department - Chief Executive

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Chief Minister, Mrs Carnell. Chief Minister, can you inform this Assembly of what the total salary package is for the position of Chief Executive of the Chief Minister's Department?

MRS CARNELL: The total salary package of the Chief Executive is gazetted; it is in the Remuneration Tribunal's findings. I can take that on notice and give it to you exactly, but it is information that would have been distributed to you.

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