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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3149 ..

MR RUGENDYKE: I have spoken to a departmental officer, briefly, during the debate, while listening to everybody's input, and am advised that a degree of expertise has been used to look at these things, to determine the principles and parameters for the health and fitness assessment program-

Ms Tucker: Do you want an adjournment to look at the documents, so you can make up your own mind?

MR RUGENDYKE: I can make up my mind.

Ms Tucker: But I thought that you actually wanted to look at the documents.

MR RUGENDYKE: I do not know that that would change my view.

Ms Tucker: It might not, but you would at least have an informed position.

MR RUGENDYKE: Perhaps if that had made a difference, I might have been given it a day or two ago, since it was apparently mentioned to me three weeks ago. I apologise for not being astute enough to pick up this matter three weeks ago.

Ms Tucker: I am offering you an adjournment if you want it, Dave. I am not babying you.

MR RUGENDYKE: What I am trying to say is that I am yet to be convinced that there is anything wrong. Mr Stefaniak has advised us that a panel of experts will assess the tenders when they come in, including the Heart Foundation, the P&C, and the Education Union. That, in effect, might be a working party. Perhaps, in her closing speech, Ms Tucker will let me know who the key stakeholder groups might be if they are not represented by the people on this assessment panel.

I am advised that the program will be evaluated, and that it will be monitored, so I look to the closing speeches to help me work out where all this is headed.

MS TUCKER (12.22): Well, I am closing the debate.

MR SPEAKER: You are?

MS TUCKER: Apparently.


MS TUCKER: I do not think anyone else wants to speak.

I want to respond to a couple of the points. I would have been happy with an adjournment, and I apologise that I did not get the full documents out to Mr Rugendyke. I do realise that that is an issue. If people want an adjournment, I am very happy with that, because if you actually look at this document in detail you might be interested to consider how well, or not, the document actually reflects the commitment by this government, through tender documents and specifications, to bringing in the qualitative issues.

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