Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1236 ..
MS CARNELL: Until today? Mr Speaker, I have to take that on notice if it is until today.
Mr Kaine: Well, make it last Friday. I do not mind. Last Friday will do.
MR BERRY: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister in his capacity as the Minister for Justice and Community Safety. Minister, I hope you will think very carefully before you answer this question. Have you ever seen, received a copy or part copy, or had in your possession or in your officers' possession, a copy of the Ayers report?
MR HUMPHRIES: I can answer that question and say yes, I have had a copy of the Ayers report.
MR BERRY: I have a supplementary question. Will you table a copy of the Ayers report in this Assembly?
MR HUMPHRIES: No.
MR RUGENDYKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Stefaniak, the Minister responsible for youth and family services. This year's budget shows that no funds have been made available to community and non-government agencies to assist with the imminent implementation of the SACS award. Minister, what contingency plans are in place to assist with the implementation of the SACS award?
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I thank the member for the question. The implementation of the SACS award and the payment of salaries in line with the new award structure is very much a management responsibility of the non-government organisations. The Government regards the provision of services for non-government organisations as crucial and we have put in place purchasing initiatives to clarify and also strengthen that role. The service purchasing contracts that have recently been finalised with a number of non-government organisations certainly take into account, Mr Rugendyke, the services that are being provided to our community and the non-government organisations' ability to provide services that are inclusive of the costs of applicable industrial awards.
Since October 1995, in fact, boards of management have been strongly encouraged to consider various effective efficiency measures within their existing funding levels to meet any additional costs associated with the implementation of the award. Some of the things that they have been looking at and doing include reviewing staffing and operational structures, making significant attempts to achieve administrative efficiencies,