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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4808 ..

Job Placement Service

MS TUCKER: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico. On 7 November you announced funding of $60,000 for a job placement service aimed at providing short- and long-term employment opportunities for disadvantaged unemployed and others disadvantaged in the ACT job market. On 8 November Jobline closed as their funding ceased. Mr De Domenico, when was the $60,000 paid to run Working Connections? When was the contract finalised to run this service, and can you please table this contract by the close of business today? Can you also tell me what the Government is planning to do to assist unemployed youth and long-term unemployed to find casual employment over the Christmas period - a time when many unskilled youth in particular could find work - in light of the fact that Working Connections will not be properly operating until January because of the move to a new building in City Walk?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Tucker for her question. I do not know the exact date and the exact moment when the contract was signed, so I cannot answer that part of the question. No, I will not table the contract by the close of business today because I need to talk to Working Connections. It is commercial-in-confidence, obviously, and I need to ask them whether there is anything in that contract which would prevent me from tabling it. I am advised that Jobline got an extra $5,000 to stay open until Working Connections started. I think I have answered all your questions.

MS TUCKER: Could you please tell me exactly when Jobline is going to be able to continue work till? Are you saying that Jobline is still working now?

MR DE DOMENICO: No, I am not. They were offered $5,000 and they did not take it.

MS TUCKER: My supplementary question is what you did not answer in the first question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You cannot ask another supplementary question.

Disabled Persons - Swimming Lessons

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Sport. Minister, can you outline to the Assembly what funds have been made available to enable people with disabilities to participate in swimming lessons, and when were the first grants given?

MR STEFANIAK: I do not think I have that information with me at present, Ms McRae. I will take that question on notice.

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