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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3972 ..

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Reilly for her question. Ms Reilly should have been listening when Mr Wood asked me a question about Totalcare, what was happening with assets and liabilities and all sorts of things. We said we would set in place a process of due diligence. Ms Reilly ought to be aware that that process takes quite a deal of time to sort out. We also gave a commitment that when the staff transferred across from Urban Services to Totalcare they would transfer across on exactly the same EBA conditions as existed. It is going to take quite some time for all those commitments to come to fruition. What this Government promises when it makes statements in the public domain it delivers. If it is going to take 12 months, Ms Reilly, so be it. We will make sure that the contract is let after we consult properly with all the unions and not before.

MS REILLY: I ask a supplementary question. Minister, you confirmed during the Estimates Committee hearings that ACTION will have to tender for these services at the end of 1997. Is this not a direct contradiction of the undertaking that the Chief Minister has given to the Transport Workers Union not to contract, tender or privatise the functions of ACTION?

MR DE DOMENICO: No, it is not.

Register of Ethnic Women

MS HORODNY: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. The Assembly recently passed a motion which in part affirmed that all Canberrans have full access to the Territory's social, political and economic life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender or place of birth. The Liberal Party's women's policy states that the Liberal Party will establish a register of women from non-English-speaking backgrounds with qualifications and skills, and that the register will be used to advise the public and private sectors at senior management level of the specific needs of ethnic women in the workplace and wider community environment. Could you tell me what progress has been made to establish this register?

MRS CARNELL: Again, it would probably have been a better question to ask on notice. Progress has been made in this area. My understanding is that the Migrant Resource Centre is working with the multicultural and ethnic affairs area in my department to work up this register. My understanding is that the Migrant Resource Centre already has one, and we are working together to bring that to fruition. I will certainly take the question on notice and follow up fully and let you know exactly where it is up to.

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