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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 2788 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

not personally - and he cannot fit them in. Mr Speaker, each member is quite capable under that determination of putting forward to me a reason why they may need a car that is somewhat different from the usual one, and I will look at those cases on their merits.

MR KAINE: I got half an answer, Mr Speaker. I would like to ask a supplementary question. Chief Minister, can you tell us in each case what was the additional cost of providing those special vehicles, and what were the special budgetary arrangements that were set in place to cover the additional cost in each case?

MS CARNELL: Mr Moore's special car, obviously, has to be found out of the Executive budget. So there is no extra money made available. Mr Moore has to find any extra staff, any extra car, any extra anything that he wants to do from within his own budget. I actually do not know what the extra costs were for Mr Rugendyke and Mr Osborne, but I am very happy to find out what those particular issues were. Remember that what we are talking about here is leasing costs, Mr Speaker; but, of course, I am more than happy to find out from the perspective of the two members.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I am talking about extra costs, additional costs. It does not matter whether it is leasing or any other kind of cost.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry; there is no point of order.

Mental Illness

MR RUGENDYKE: My question, Mr Speaker, through you, is to the Minister for Health and Community Care. Mr Moore, last week in question time you advised us that an agency by the name of Annabelle's is providing care, on behalf of the Work Resources Centre, for between four and 13 Canberra residents with mental illness. Could you please advise the Assembly whether this is the same Annabelle's which is listed in the Yellow Pages as Annabelle's Pet and Home Care, which describes its work as feeding and exercising pets; collecting mail; watering gardens and plants; placing wheelie bins in and out seven days a week, while people are away on leave? How much of the grants to the Work Resources Centre last financial year and so far this financial year has been paid to Annabelle's? Could you detail how those amounts were acquitted back to government?

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, there are actually two separate questions there. The first one is about the Yellow Pages. I do not know the answer to that question. I do know that a range of firms have a wide range of different capacities to do different work. I must say that, whenever we are dealing with contracts that are let within the Department of Health and Community Care, we ensure that the appropriate qualifications for the job are there. As I told the Assembly last week, when the contract was let, the department was aware of the relationship between the Work Resources Centre and Annabelle's.

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