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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2699 ..

Canberra Institute of Technology

MR BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Education. Minister, is it correct that you have now received a detailed paper on performance indicators for the CIT which demolishes the justification provided for the internal reductions to the learning services division and human resources area of CIT, cuts which included draconian attempts to reduce employees' work conditions?

MR STEFANIAK: Yes, it is correct that I have received a paper. I do not know whether it is quite in the terms that you put, Mr Berry.

Mr Humphries: Certainly not.

MR STEFANIAK: It is certainly not in those terms. I received that yesterday. I certainly disagree with some of your statements like "demolish" and nonsense like that, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: Would you like to table it?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, are you asking a supplementary question?

MR BERRY: For the information of the Assembly, would you table the document to which you refer? Now that you are in possession of a more positive, and accurate, view of performance indicators over the last year, will you now review the funding allocation for the CIT for this year and the forward estimates, since those cuts were based on flawed indicators?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Berry, I would not necessarily agree with you in relation to that. I received a - - -

Mr Berry: Will you table the document?

MR STEFANIAK: I do not see that there is any need to. You probably have it yourself, Mr Berry. It is a document which relates to another document. No doubt you have both of them. From what I have seen, Mr Speaker, it makes a number of comments in relation to a study that was done. I would disagree with Mr Berry about forward estimates. Mr Berry, I refer you to something you can get your hands on too, and that is the ANTA documents, which are in fact audited and on which this Government bases a lot of what it does. The CIT is going through some reorganisations, just as a number of other government departments do.

I think it is always important that we review our operations; we make sure that we not only deliver our services as efficiently as possible - which might well mean sometimes, Mr Berry, that some areas have some cuts - but also try to improve those services, and that is what I understand the CIT is doing. Mr Berry, I am going to go through - - -

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