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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 733 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

Based on advice from CanTrade, the Government then entered into a contract to engage J. Walter Thompson's services. As Mr Kaine is aware, the contract with J. Walter Thompson in 1996-97 was initially for the development of the brand image and was for $50,000. A subsequent contract was negotiated for a similar amount in 1997-98 for the implementation of the campaign. That contract is still current.

Mr Kaine also asked about licence fees payable as part of the branding campaign. Licence fees relate to the fact that ownership of the intellectual property relating to the campaign will revert to the Government in 1999. Until then a licence fee is payable to J. Walter Thompson both by private companies and by government agencies who want to be part of the branding campaign. I am advised that to date the Government has paid $10,000 in licence fees.

As I also said, Mr Speaker, the $500,000 allocated for the implementation of the branding campaign this year did go to public tender. Local companies, MA&D Communication and City Graphics, won that tender. In addition, payments have been made through J. Walter Thompson to a local company, Bearcage, for the development of the Feel the Power of Canberra video promotion shown locally and interstate. The cost of the video was $45,000. Some other incidental payments of small amounts were made to J. Walter Thompson to cover expenses to launch the campaign and for market research that I think was tabled in this place, Mr Speaker. The total of this payment is approximately $10,000.

Visiting Medical Officers Dispute

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to speak further about the question that I directed to Mr Moore.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: For your information, Mr Moore, the person in question did follow your office's advice and visited his GP again this morning. I received this information since I asked the question, Mr Speaker. The GP restated the need for an operation - it is not an exploratory one; it is an operation to remove the cancer - within the next two to three weeks and suggested that this person phone his specialist, the VMO, for another appointment. He rang the specialist and the VMO's receptionist said he could have an appointment and all the specialist would do would be to explain his contract situation. In other words, he would have to pay for an appointment to hear the doctor's problems. Perhaps you could take that up, Mr Moore, or keep it in your memory bank.

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