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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3038 ..

MRS CARNELL: A second side of the business is that they are able to recoat equipment in a different colour, to match corporate colours, new office decor or a new colour scheme. SPL can also coat plastics in an infinite colour range. If those in this Assembly believe that this new sort of recycling technology and industry in the ACT is somehow unnecessary or is not something that we should be answering questions on in question time, I certainly do not share that view.

Mr Connolly: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. The last little diatribe and attack on the Opposition is clearly not relevant to the question, which asks, according to Mr Kaine's own point of order, for factual details. Can you at least confine the Chief Minister to answering the question, consistent with your earlier rulings? There is no way out of that one, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please restrict the answer and please be relevant.

MRS CARNELL: The point of order has now taken longer than the answer, but we will not get into that. Mr Speaker, it is worth noting, too, that Telstra is having its Commander systems and public phones recoated, making them 30 per cent cheaper to the end user than they would be if they used new technology.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, you might explain to us how you found your way out of that point of order.

MRS CARNELL: I was just continuing.

MR SPEAKER: I asked the Chief Minister to be relevant. That is the way I found my way out of it, to use your quaint phrase. Continue, Chief Minister.

MRS CARNELL: The company expects to employ 15 people full time and three to five people on a part-time basis. We believe that this is a particularly good use of the industry assistance money that was put aside in this budget. It means that, like AOFR, SPL Coatings will create real jobs in the Territory, not only in their own industry but also in all the spin-off industries that inevitably will set up in this Territory as a result of these industries setting up here.

MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question. Chief Minister, I could not hear over the interjections. Did I understand you to say that this company employs 15 people full time and up to five people part time?

MRS CARNELL: Thank you, Mr Kaine. Yes, it is 15 people full time. It is interesting that the three to five people working part time are women working school hours - jobs that are very hard to find, not just in Canberra but everywhere else. They are brand new jobs for this Territory.

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