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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3512 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

The problems having been identified - often problems do not emerge until quite late in the process, until it becomes clear that certain things are going to happen to make the legislation effective - obviously there is a need to fix them up. Rather than lay blame as Ms Tucker has done, I would say it is better for us to sit down and work out the problems together. It is after all her Bill, not ours.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Karralika Therapeutic Community

MR MOORE: I seek leave to give some information in response to a question that I took on notice from Mr Berry with regard to Dr Stephen Mugford.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I told Mr Berry I would provide some further information today. A reply was prepared for me by the department. I will read it word for word as I got it:

Dr Stephen Mugford

Dr Mugford has been engaged by the Department on a consultancy basis over a number of years.

In 1993/94, Dr Mugford conducted an evaluation of the Stairways program at Karralika.

In October 1997, he conducted a number of focus groups in relation to the evaluation of the ACT Drug Strategy.

In March 1998, he was engaged to facilitate focus groups for the Whole of Territory Strategic Plan for Mental Health Services in the ACT.

Dr Mugford's most recent work with the Department was a consultancy in relation to services purchased from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of the ACT (ADFACT). The contract with Qualitative and Quantitative Research (Dr Mugford is the Managing Director) was for $4,700 and this was signed on 20 July 1998.

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