Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2970 ..
MS FOLLETT: Mrs Carnell has not answered the question, Mr Speaker. I asked whether she would table that contract, and she has not addressed the question of the cost of Mr Anderson either.
Mrs Carnell: Yes, I did.
MS FOLLETT: No, you did not. I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker, and I would invite Mrs Carnell to address both of those issues, which she has not done so far. Is Mr Anderson actually exercising the duties of a division head, and is that not a flagrant breach of the Public Sector Management Act?
MRS CARNELL: Mr Anderson is not performing the duties of an agency head or as a normal public servant at all. He has come in specifically to make sure that the financial reform process, right across all departments, not just in the Chief Minister's - - -
Mr Connolly: Does anyone report to him?
Ms Follett: Who reports to him? Are they reporting to him?
MRS CARNELL: He is directing the whole financial reform process across the ACT public service.
Mr Connolly: He is directing public servants.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Silence, please. Let the Chief Minister answer.
MRS CARNELL: He is not directing staff. He is directing the program across the board, which is not a public service job at all. In fact, quite the opposite. The previous Government talked about financial reform and they talked about accrual accounting, but they could never make it happen. We have made sure that we put in place situations that will achieve the ends that we set out to achieve.
Ms Follett: Will you table the contract?
MRS CARNELL: I am very happy to table in this place what Steve Anderson is being paid. That is not a problem.
MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I address a question to Mr Humphries, Minister for Planning. Minister, the staff of the ACT Planning Authority has found itself under attack in the past few weeks, beginning with the Stein report and subsequent to that in the Canberra Times and in other media. I have read the Stein report and I have some concern about these attacks that are being made on our planning public servants. Mr Humphries, do you believe that these attacks are warranted, or do you believe that, somehow or other, along the line, they have missed the point?