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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 2834 ..



Question No: 98

Chief Minister's Department - Chief Executive

MS FOLLETT - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 23 November 1995.

In relation to your statement to The Canberra Times Assembly reporter, quoted on the front page of The Canberra Times of 11 October 1995, "Chief Minister Kate Carnell said the head of the ACT Government Service, John Walker, was on contract, and had been in his previous positions in NSW under both Labor and Liberal Governments, giving the lie to the claim that public service career paths would abruptly end under the changes."; your statement on ABC radio on 19 October 1995, when you said in reply to a question whether you would make the contract of the CEO of the Chief Minister's Department public, "At this stage, John Walker doesn't have a contract"; and your reply to Mr Osborne's question of 21 November 1995 -

1. What is the basis of Mr Walker's appointment.

2. Had he been appointed as the CEO of the Chief Minister's Department in accordance with Section 28 ( 1 ) of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

3. When was this appointment made.

4. When was it notified in the Gazette as required under Section 28 (2) of that Act.

5. Why was there such an extraordinary delay between your appointment and the required formal notification of that appointment.

MRS CARNELL - The answer to the member's question is as follows:

In relation to the media reports you referred to I can advise that The Canberra Times article of 11 October 1995 was incorrect. The ABC Radio transcript of 19 October 1995 correctly stated the position that Mr Walker is not currently appointed under contract.

1. Mr Walker has been appointed as a permanent public servant.

2. Mr Walker has been appointed under Section 28 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

3. The instrument of appointment was signed on 25 May 1994. The appointment was to take effect from 6 June l994.

4. The notice has appeared in the Gazette of Thursday, 30 November 1995.

5. The delay was due to an administrative oversight in the Office of Public Administration and Management. This notification is of a technical nature and does not effect the validity of the appointment.

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