Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1241 ..
MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I thank the member for his question. Mr Osborne, most of the surveys that the ACT Government now does are done through Totalcare. I assume that is what you are referring to. I understand at this stage that there is talk of a staff buyout. That is all that I have been informed of, but I am happy to get you more information if you like.
MR OSBORNE: I take that to be a yes, that they are considering selling it. My supplementary question is this: In regard to PALM survey work, PALM management for 1998-99 say that 75 per cent of work will go to Totalcare and 25 per cent of the surveying work will go to the private sector. Has that started, and is that ratio something that you will make up towards the end of the year? Will you give the majority of work to Totalcare, or is it something that you are working on job by job? Do you understand the question?
MR SMYTH: Thank you for the supplementary question. An agreement was struck between PALM and Totalcare to give that survey work to Totalcare in order to ensure that the Survey Office could get up onto level pegging, an equal footing, so that it is ready for anything that happened in the future. Given that the staff have now offered to buy it out, I would have to check for you on the status of that agreement.
Ms Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, for Mr Kaine's benefit, my briefing folder for today says that to date - I am not sure whether this is up to today or last week - licence fees totalling $11,000 have been paid by the ACT Government to J. Walter Thompson, but I will certainly give an update to today as well.
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I seek leave under standing order 46 to make a personal statement.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR HARGREAVES: It is with some regret that I rise to counter the serious accusations levelled against me by those spin doctors opposite. I am amazed at the monumental hypocrisy shown by Mr Hird, who it can be proved has a very poor record of confidentiality on prison issues. I will firstly put before you the facts and then address the process by which those opposite - a process which has not only attempted to water down the seriousness of a censure motion, which is really what this is about - - -