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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2875 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

These developments are worth noting, for three reasons. First, they provide great examples of the close working relationships that are beginning to develop between the ACT public service and the ANU. Second, they show that this Government is serious about giving ACT public servants every opportunity to develop their skills in the national capital. Third, this agreement is proof that our approach to public sector management is the most comprehensive of any government. That means that our approach - - -

Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I draw your attention to standing order 118, which goes to the issue of brevity. I ask you to draw Mrs Carnell's attention to the requirement to be concise.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, this has not been a long response, but I am very happy to finish.

MR SPEAKER: It is confined to the subject matter of the question. It has to be concise. I have been listening to the answer, and, as far as I am concerned, there has not been any straying from the issue. Continue, Mrs Carnell.

MRS CARNELL: We believe that this approach, in encouraging excellence in our public service, will ensure that in the future the ACT public service is no longer the poor cousin of the Federal Public Service; it will be the other way round.

Kippax Health Centre

MR CONNOLLY: My question is directed to Mrs Carnell as Minister for Health and Community Care. In view of public pressure, will you now give an assurance to this house that no action will be taken by your Government to sell the Kippax Health Centre?

MRS CARNELL: Public pressure is a very interesting thing; and mounting public pressure has certainly not been the case with regard to the Kippax Health Centre. There have been a lot of people who have said that they want health services to stay at Kippax; there is no doubt about that. Health services will stay at Kippax; there is no doubt about that. There will be an ongoing health centre at Kippax, and the Government will do everything in its power to ensure that that is the case.

MR CONNOLLY: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I take that to be a no, you will not assure the house; and yes, you will sell it.

Mr De Domenico: It was yes; positive. Health services will continue in Kippax. Listen intently.

MR CONNOLLY: I asked the question: Will you give us an assurance that you will not sell the health centre? I got no assurance. Will you answer my supplementary question?

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