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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 597 ..

Mr Quinlan: Are you saying that it happened?

MR SPEAKER: Would you be quiet, please, Mr Quinlan. Thank you.

MS CARNELL: There was input from many groups into the BIS Shrapnel report - from community groups, from parts of government, from the retail sector. All sorts of people have had input to that document. If those opposite perceive that an independent report is one that nobody has input to except the consultants, then I have to say that there probably is not such a thing as an independent report anywhere, ever, under any government, at any time.

Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Women's Information and Referral Centre

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have further information for Ms Tucker. The report into the Women's Information and Referral Centre, I am reliably informed, was requested by Ms Gerdina Bryant and it was released to her apparently on International Women's Day last year. So, that report currently has been released to some individuals.

Manuka Car Park Development

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have an answer to a question, taken on notice, from Ms Tucker about dust at the Manuka site. According to officers from Environment ACT, dust suppression on site has met requirements and emissions have been observed to be at acceptable levels for a construction site. Kindergarten management has advised officers that dust was previously a problem but not in the last few weeks. Environment ACT was not made aware of the dust problem when it occurred. It is now difficult to determine what caused the problem, but current dust control on the site is satisfactory.


MR SMYTH: Further to Mr Hargreaves' inquiry yesterday about CityScape and redundancies, I advise that the manager of CityScape Services, Mr Phil Grace, has briefed staff about the outcome of the recent tender process for horticultural and cleaning services in the Woden-Weston Creek area. He indicated to staff that restructuring of the CityScape work force would need to continue to reduce the number of full-time permanent staff and rely more on seasonal workers. The restructuring would continue to be achieved by way of voluntary redundancies, the cost of which would be borne by CityScape. Mr Grace did not advise staff or unions that approval had been given to borrow funds to cover the redundancies.

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