Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2976 ..
MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Horodny for her question. The answer is that I do not know whether all those things have been done, but I will check and let Ms Horodny know.
MS HORODNY: I have a supplementary question.
Mr Kaine: How could you ask a supplementary question on the basis of that answer?
MR SPEAKER: Do you want to add something, Ms Horodny?
Mr Berry: She just wants to discover whether there is something else he does not know.
MR SPEAKER: Order!
MS HORODNY: Will the Minister give an undertaking that all options for redevelopment of that site will be considered by the Government in an open and accountable public inquiry?
MR DE DOMENICO: The answer to that question is yes.
MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. I refer Mrs Carnell to a new business venture that is being operated by one of the ACT's two Territory-owned corporations, that is, Totalcare. Can the Chief Minister advise the parliament how Totalcare's move into oil recycling operations is paying off for both Canberra consumers and the environment?
MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much, Mr Hird. It really does show how a Territory-owned corporation - something somewhat maligned by others here - can do an extraordinarily good job for the ACT. I think that Totalcare's operations are well known to those in the Assembly. The corporation operates a number of businesses, including a major linen hire service to hospitals and hotels, a sterilising service for reuseable surgical instruments, incineration of medical and other wastes, building maintenance, and a bus transport network with services targeted primarily at children with disabilities and the frail aged.
As mentioned earlier, it is totally owned by the ACT Government and began operations as a Territory-owned corporation in January 1992. I am pleased to report that for the year ended 30 June 1995 Totalcare reported a record profit of $646,000 before tax. That is an increase of 18 per cent over the previous year, and it really does show you what Territory-owned corporations can do. It shows you that that flexibility that we often talk about can really reflect into increased profits. Most importantly, we have seen an increase of 12 jobs over the last 12 months as well; not just more profit, but more jobs as well.