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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1505 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

Mr Speaker, one of the things that this Government has done over the last couple of months, in cooperation with ACTCOSS, is to put in place a broad-based community committee to look at poverty in the ACT. It is under the chairmanship of Richard Randerson and has a broad range of people from the community looking at issues in our community for those people who may be doing it a bit tough and may be falling through the cracks and at how we identify those people and, of course, make sure that they have adequate support services. This Government is not sitting on its hands. It is out there doing something about the group of people that we all accept are doing it tough out there in our community and that do need support. At the same time we are ensuring that our revenue base is broad enough to provide services that every member of the community wants and deserves.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I think the answer was that the Chief Minister did not know, apart from the rest of the misrepresentation of my position and a personal attack. But that is fine. Mrs Carnell does not actually - - -

Members interjected.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Members, come to order, please! Ms Tucker, we will have a supplementary question, not a critique, thank you.

MS TUCKER: I do not mind personal attacks, but the point is that Mrs Carnell said that she did not know whether there was an assessment of equity issues.

Ms Carnell: There is a standing order about preambles, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, there is. As I said, we will have a supplementary question, not a critique.

MS TUCKER: My question is: If the Chief Minister does not know, could she please table for this place the report on the review of government charges, along with details of any equity tests that have been used in reviewing these charges?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think that question is exactly the same as the first question that I answered. I think that it is exactly the same. In fact, you would have to ask sometimes whether Ms Tucker is just a waste of oxygen.

Bruce Stadium

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, it is a straightforward question and does not need a five-minute answer. Can you confirm that one of the two Public Service directors of Bruce Operations Pty Ltd has resigned, or has signified an intention to do so, from the ACT Public Service and also, presumably, by extension from the directorship of Bruce Operations Pty Ltd?

MS CARNELL: No, she has not.

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