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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3150 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I consider myself a bit of an expert on wild dogs after having spent a day recently in a utility thundering around that area and looking at the problems.

Mr Osborne: Where was the gear stick?

MR HUMPHRIES: I will ignore any interjections on the subject. I am quite happy to debate with Ms Horodny the question of what to do about wild dogs. Let me say that I also do not intend to anticipate, as standing orders do not require me to, Government policy. I have asked a working group to give me views about how to deal with the wild dog problem. The working group has just reported to me, and my officers have just received a copy of the report. I have not yet read the report. I have not discussed it with anybody as yet, and I do not intend to make any decisions on it in the near future. I can say, simply, to Ms Horodny, that the process will go through the appropriate channels. Those who should be consulted will be consulted. I have no doubt at all that the Conservation Council will also have their say in this process. When a decision is to be made on the basis of that consultation, she will be one of the first to know.

Works and Commercial Services - Corporatisation

MR BERRY: My question is directed to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Urban Services. On Tuesday of this week, in answer to a question on the transferring of staff from Works and Commercial Services to Totalcare as a result of making the decision and then consulting with the workers - - -

Mrs Carnell: Governments do that; they make decisions.

MR BERRY: Mrs Carnell interjects, "Governments do that and then make decisions". But you do not brag about consultation at the same time, Mrs Carnell; that is where you got the mix wrong.

Mrs Carnell: No; you consult about how to do it, not what you are going to do.

MR SPEAKER: Ignore the interjections, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: You got the mix wrong. You were asked a question in relation to who would be responsible for any voluntary redundancy payments on the transfer of these staff to Totalcare. You answered that any redundancies would be paid out of the central redundancy pool. Minister, would you confirm that it is Government policy for redundancies in Territory-owned corporations to be paid for out of the central redundancy pool?

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