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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (14 June) . . Page.. 1729 ..

Policy advice

MR QUINLAN: My question is directed to the Deputy Chief Minister. The question relates to the International Quality and Productivity Centre Conference on Performance Measures for Policy Advice held last month at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. At this conference the Deputy Chief Minister was scheduled to make a keynote address entitled "What I am looking for in policy advice". Further, the Deputy Chief Minister, together with the minister for health, Mr Moore, was to take part in the ministerial round table discussion on the evaluation of policy advice. The detailed notes in the brochure advertised that the Deputy Chief Minister would specifically address common pitfalls and mistakes made in the provision of policy advice. In view of the government's record on recent matters such as the Lyneham tennis centre, Gungahlin Drive and Impulse Airlines, would the minister share with us a brief synopsis of his presentation and any real life examples that he may have used to demonstrate his points?

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I will take that question on account of I stood in for Mr Smyth.

Mr Quinlan: Excuse me, I addressed it to-

MR MOORE: I am telling you who did the speech.

Mr Smyth: He gave the speech.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry. Questions may be answered by a minister-

MR MOORE: I stood in for Mr Smyth and raised that issue. One of the examples I gave was the supervised injecting room, Mr Quinlan, and some of the pitfalls that occurred there. There is a small example for you. It will be my pleasure to make that speech available for you.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Quinlan?

MR QUINLAN: Thank you. My supplementary question is directed to the Deputy Chief Minister.

Mr Moore: No, it can't be. It is not a supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR QUINLAN: Well, you answer on his behalf. Minister, without the generous and selfless assistance from your department, could you please advise the Assembly who was actually responsible for the discrepancies in costings associated with the Gungahlin Drive extension, the incorrect figures that were issued to the media?

Mr Humphries: This is not a supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

Mr Quinlan: Gungahlin was in the primary question.

Government members interjecting-

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