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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3842 ..

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the amount that has been guaranteed is the amount that was appropriated in this Assembly. We gave members of the Assembly quite full rundowns of the information, if you remember, right down to quite significant detail on where the money was going to. It was appropriated.

Mr Osborne: Sorry, I just wanted the figure. It has been a long day, Mr Speaker, and I have forgotten exactly what it was that the Chief Minister provided. It was just the figure I was after. I did not need the smart-arsed answer, Mr Speaker.

Mr Quinlan: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. On a point of clarification, did the Chief Minister say an in-depth study or an inept study in response to the first question?

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to circulate the paper that we distributed when we debated it last time, which does spell out where the money is going.


MR BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, this morning on ABC radio you said:

... we see that what we need to do is make sure that they -

WorkCover -

have the resources and the number of inspectors has gone from something like 18 to 43 over the last couple of years as we've rolled other functions into WorkCover ...

Last week the Minister told the Urban Services Committee that the WorkCover inspectors had gone from eight to 16. Was the Minister wrong and misleading the community this morning or was he wrong and misleading the Urban Services Committee last week?

MR SMYTH: Mr Berry has asked this question once before, I think, in estimates and again recently at the Estimates Committee and Ms Plovits ran through it and outlined where the staff had grown from 18 to 43. We have moved things like the dangerous goods and gas regulations into the area. The figures I quoted were the figures that were presented to him in estimates last week.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, will the Minister apologise to the community on ABC radio or to the Urban Services Committee about his misleading remarks?

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