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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 1905 ..

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. My question was: What will you do to lobby your Federal counterparts, and what will you do on the local scale if we do find that there are cuts to these sorts of courses? I assume that you are aware of the Migrant Resource Centre and similar local organisations. So could you please answer the question?

MR STEFANIAK: Yes. Firstly, I will see what they are talking about, Mr Speaker. The last part of your supplementary question, Ms Tucker, is really hypothetical because we simply will not know until the budget. I am advised that the CIT management at present is taking this matter up with DEETYA. I certainly am happy to see how they are going there and, if need be, to take the matter up myself with the relevant Minister, as I have done on a couple of other issues in recent weeks.

Carnell Government - Strategy Meeting

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I direct a question to the Chief Minister and I refer also to the now infamous Eagle Hawk love-in. I have before me a document which is one of the documents produced at that meeting. Contrary to what the Chief Minister has said, it is not on butchers paper. In fact, it appears to be the output from a photocopying whiteboard. We have another whiteboard Minister over here. Mr Speaker, the document is headed "Exec Board". It states that the size of the exec board is to be a maximum of 10 people, and it is to meet weekly or fortnightly, "back-to-back with Cabinet". There is a column under "How formal". It says, "Papers. Danger! Gets life of its own. Same documents as Cabinet". I ask the Chief Minister whether she would care to enlighten the Assembly as to the purpose of this board, what its role will be, why there is a danger of it getting a life of its own, and what is that danger?

MRS CARNELL: I do not know who sorted out the questions here, but I can state again that the document that those opposite are quoting from is simply a whole list of ideas. They did not come from me, they did not come from Tony; they came from everybody.

Ms McRae: So you go away to just light up ideas. Fantastic! What a way to run the show!


MRS CARNELL: It is interesting that Ms McRae makes that comment. I think it shows the difference between their Government and ours. Our approach was that we did need a strategy, we did need a direction, we did need to operate closely - - -

Mr Berry: Under Labor there will be no love-ins with public servants.

MR SPEAKER: I am not surprised. Order!

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