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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 516 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

Yesterday I think I made the point that a tendering process was embarked upon under normal circumstances, I understand last year, and that this particular peer group service or peer service went out to tender. There were, to my knowledge, two tenderers. One was ADD Inc. and one was the new Canberra Injectors Network. I understand that that tender process was conducted in the normal manner in the Department of Health; that is, the person responsible for service purchasing was on the tender board. He is on all of the tender boards, as I understand it. Similarly, there was an external person on that tender board, which is also the policy, I think, right across government but certainly of the Department of Health. I understand that the tender board assessed both potential operators by a number of criteria. One of those, most importantly, was their capacity to represent injecting drug users.

I also indicated yesterday that the new body, Canberra Injectors Network, has been set up in response to injecting drug users' wishes to have an organisation which directly represents them, not merely speaks on their behalf. I have had a discussion with ADD Inc. on that and they made it clear that, yes, they thought they could speak on behalf of injecting drug users but could not actually directly represent them. As a result of that tendering process, CIN won the contract. CIN is a new organisation, as I explained yesterday, a very different organisation, and one that is incorporated with a board of management.

The old ACTIV League was not incorporated. It was simply, I suppose, a suborganisation to ADD Inc. and therefore did not have its own board, was not incorporated and was not, I suppose, funded directly. It was funded through its parent organisation.

Mr Osborne: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I did not ask the Chief Minister to repeat what she said yesterday. I think I was quite specific about the information that I want. She has provided a little bit of that, but I am really interested in the issue of the "Survival" report, whether the Chief Minister has seen a copy of it, and whether she could provide it to the Assembly.

MS CARNELL: You asked me whether I had a copy.

Mr Osborne: Have you got a copy?

MS CARNELL: Sorry, no. I have answered that question.

MR SPEAKER: It has been answered. You said it was an internal document, as I recall.

MS CARNELL: I said it is an internal document and I did not have a copy.

Mr Osborne: Have you seen it, Chief Minister? That is what I am asking.

MS CARNELL: I cannot remember seeing it, but that is a long time ago.

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