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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2533 ..

MR STANHOPE: I am going to check it now I have been asked.

Mrs Dunne: You are going to check it again?

MR STANHOPE: I have to. I have just been asked. I have given both figures. I acknowledge that. I will now check and will respond.

Advance to the Treasurer

MS DUNDAS: My question is for the Treasurer. Treasurer, in estimates I asked for details of spending under the Treasurer's Advance and received no answer. I ask the question again: Minister, can you please inform us how the Treasurer's Advance was spent in the financial year 2001-02, and what circumstances led to each item of unforeseen expenditure?

MR QUINLAN: I certainly can, but not just at the moment, because I have not got the paper with me. If you care to check the papers you received yesterday, you will find that all that data was in one of the papers that I tabled immediately after question time yesterday.

Public liability insurance-park-care groups

MS TUCKER: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Wood, and relates to the work of voluntary park-care groups that assist Environment ACT in its nature conservation activities. Minister, I understand that Environment ACT withdrew support at the last minute for a working bee that was going to be held by Friends of Aranda Bushland on 10 August because, as stated in an email from Environment ACT to the group:

The ACT Government has been unable to renew or secure public liability insurance coverage for its volunteers. This means that individuals or volunteer groups, without their own insurance, are not currently covered for third party injury. Therefore individuals would be personally liable for incidents resulting in injury to a third party, and this may include accidents or injuries caused to other members of the group.

Minister, given that the government gains a lot of benefit from the work of park-care volunteers because it reduces the workload of our rangers and other park staff, do you think the situation I have just described is acceptable? What are you going to do to ensure that park-care volunteers are adequately covered by public liability insurance?

MR WOOD: Ms Tucker, it is a problem not just for park care volunteers. It is a problem affecting a whole range of volunteers and agencies, including, for example, what Mr Quinlan does-the take-care-of-a-road campaign.

MR SPEAKER: Adopt-a-road.

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