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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3050 ..


MR BERRY (3.17): I seek leave to move a motion in relation to the provision of information about the appointment of a chief executive officer.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I move the following motion circulated in my name:

That this Assembly requires that the Chief Minister table by the end of the sitting all details of relocation expenses, rent relief or associated benefits in respect of Mr Walker's appointment. This should also apply in respect of any member of his family or companies associated with him or his family.

I do not need to debate that issue. I think it is self-explanatory. I merely ask members to support the motion.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.18): I think this is unprecedented. We certainly have nothing to hide. If it is this Assembly's view that it wants this information, I am happy to make it available for a number of other chief executive positions that similarly have been subject to people being relocated from other places. In reality, relocation expenses are very much part of getting our staff or anybody else's staff into a new job. That is part of the deal. It is something that is given all the time. It is part of the benefits that come with the job and are given to all workers who come. In fact, I think quite a number of us had staff come from other cities and their relocation expenses were paid. Never in this place has information been asked for on those. I am interested to know why this one is unique.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Financial Audits With Years Ending to 30 June 1995

MR SPEAKER: For the information of members, I present Auditor-General's Report No. 8 of 1995, "Financial Audits With Years Ending to 30 June 1995".

Motion (by Mr Humphries), by leave, agreed to:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General's Report No. 8 of 1995.

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