Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2173 ..
MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Wood, for the supplementary question. I think we are getting much better. When we are doing our purchasing, we are being much more specific in our tenders about what it is that we want. The development of the purchaser-provider model is giving us the opportunity to do that. Under the second national mental health strategy another $1m is available each year over five years of the agreement, although I think there is - - -
Mr Wood: They are the new funds I am talking about.
MR MOORE: Mr Wood, we are advertising very shortly for tenders worth some $600,000 in specific areas. We are quite specific about what those tenders are for. I think the chances of that money being spent on computer services instead of being put into something like a - - -
Mr Wood: Mr Moore, it is about what the Government is going to do with those Commonwealth funds.
MR MOORE: I have just said to you, Mr Wood, that we are going out to tender very shortly with $600,000 of those Commonwealth funds.
Mr Wood: What for?
MR SPEAKER: Order! I have been very patient. I think Mr Moore has answered the question.
MR HIRD: I thank the shadow Minister for drawing my attention to a press release issued by him. It was very interesting but it only gave his views. As usual, it is smoke and mirrors.
Mr Stanhope: Is this a question, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: Yes, could we have the question, please? It does have to be relevant.
MR HIRD: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer.
Mr Berry: What a surprise.
MR HIRD: Listen, Mr Berry. I refer to a media release issued earlier this month by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition headed "Coalition is Worse for the Territory". The release claimed, among other things, that the ACT would be worse off under the Coalition's tax reform proposals than under the ALP's rather half-hearted attempt at tax reform. I suppose I could go into the 5 per cent jobs announced by Mr Beazley yesterday but - - -
Mr Berry: Please do.