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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 399 ..

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

MR MOORE: On 15 February I took on notice part of a question from Mr Wood which had to do with the ACT/Commonwealth supported accommodation assistance program. The SAAP4 bilateral agreement includes a requirement in relation to media protocol that announcements of significant program developments will be joint, unless declined by either the Commonwealth or the ACT minister. In accordance with the requirements of the agreement, the department has contacted the Commonwealth to seek its advice about whether it wishes to have the SAAP's funding jointly announced.

The Commonwealth's advice is that it will pursue this with the minister and advise us shortly. As there has been a change in the Commonwealth minister, the issue has been affected by the changeover. There has been a commitment that the money will be distributed to community organisations once they have been able to identify what their increased costs have been due to award implementation. As soon as the advice has been received about the formal announcement, the department will write to all SAAP-funded community organisations informing them of the available funding and also informing them of the methodology for advising of increased wage-related costs.

Mr Wood: I thank Mr Moore for that answer, and I think the needs of the organisations are greater than the media attention paid to it.


MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table a copy of a letter I referred to in my question to the Minister for Urban Services at question time today.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I table the following paper:

Belconnen Landfill Environmental Improvement Plan-Discharge of water-Copy of letter from Manager, Waste Management, Department of Urban Services to Canberra Clean Up the Bidgee, dated 30 September 1994.

Public Sector Management Act-executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): For the information of members and pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, I present the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Long term contract:

Pam Davoren, dated 19 February 2001.

Schedule D variations:

Olaf Moon, dated 15 February 2001.

Garrick Calnan, dated 30 January 2001.

Peter Wallace, dated 8 and 14 February 2001.

Michael Ockwell, dated 5 and 8 February 2001.

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