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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4829 ..

MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

The year has also been a big one for Totalcare Industries, which will assume even greater responsibilities from 1 January 1997. Totalcare staff numbers will expand from 240 to almost 800 as a result of 560 employees being transferred from the Works and Commercial Services Group of the Department of Urban Services. This will usher in a new era for Totalcare, with increased responsibilities and a sharper competitive focus to its new business activities. From being an organisation whose main activity was running the ACT's largest commercial laundry, Totalcare can look forward to a bright future in an expanding commercial environment. I will table an amended statement of corporate intent for Totalcare when details and forecasts for the business units of Works and Commercial Services have been finalised.

Although the tabling of these statements of corporate intent can be said to be merely procedural, to comply with subsection 19(3) of the Territory Owned Corporations Act 1990, they are in reality much more than that. They are all evidence and proof of what government businesses can achieve when they are established in a framework that requires a more commercial focus where roles and responsibilities between government and its businesses are clearly defined. Importantly, the statements of corporate intent provide to the Assembly and the community plans for which the businesses are totally accountable. This ensures that the community interest is not only thoroughly monitored but also thoroughly protected.

Exposure Draft and Paper

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.48): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present an exposure draft of the mediation legislation, together with explanatory notes, and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

In light of the time, I also seek leave to have my presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Document incorporated at Appendix 5.

Debate (on motion by Mr Whitecross) adjourned.

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