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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3131 ..

(5) No. Community groups are free to book display space in any of the 9 ACTPL branches at any time space is available.

(6) and (7)

ACT schools had no involvement in the preparation of the Refugee Display that was displayed recently in ACT libraries. The display was not an "ACT School's Refugee Display", but rather a Refugee Action Committee display. The display was set up by Ms Claire Bruhns, a member of the Refugee Action Group. Schools had not been asked to submit works for the display. The art works included in the display were submitted by the young artists as individuals, not as artworks that were part of a school program. The children submitting artworks had identified themselves in terms of their grade levels or the schools they attended. The decision to name the schools was made by Ms Bruhns. She was unaware that it was a breach of protocol to do so.

(8) ACT Public Library will continue to provide space for organisations to display information about their activities. All groups are able to book space in any of the 9 Branches if they wish to do so.

Registered charities

(Question No 252)

Mr Cornwell asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 21 August 2002:

In relation to the Collections Act 1959:

(1) How many charities obtained a licence to appeal for donations in the ACT in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 to 30 June.

(2) Can interstate charities obtain such a licence and if so, how many did so in each of the years above.

(3) Does the licence cover an appeal by telephone and if not why not.

(4) How many charities at (1) above also received ACT government funding in each of the years listed.

(5) Are charities required to state the purpose of their appeal when seeking a licence and if not, why not.

(6) If no audited balance sheet is required (Reply to QON 85 refers) how can the Government be sure the appeal money is used for any stated purpose.

(7) Is there any estimate - in the absence of audited balance sheets available to the ACT government - of the amount raised annually in the ACT by charities.

(8) Why is no audited annual balance sheet required by the ACT government for appeal funds raised by individual charities in the ACT.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Licenses issued in 2000 33 to 23 charities

Licenses issued in 2001 37 to 25 charities

Licenses issued to 30/6/2002 24 to 18 charities

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