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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3213 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

cannot be done. It should not have included sectional interests. It cannot cover every little corner of the world, Mr Cornwell. It is as simple as that. Tomorrow, when we debate Mr Quinlan's excellent legislation, with which I totally agree-

Mr Smyth: I thought it was the Chief Minister's.

MR WOOD: Mr Stanhope's, yes, of course. We might make good ground in the ACT in our own way in helping to resolve some of these issues.

ACT public service-indigenous employees

MS DUNDAS: My question is for the Minister for Community Affairs. Minister, could you please inform us what proportion of the ACT public service is made up of indigenous people, and has this percentage of indigenous people increased or decreased over the last 12 months?

MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Do you want some supplementary information, Ms Dundas?

MS DUNDAS: I do. Can you also take on notice whether in the 2001-02 financial year the number of indigenous people recruited to the ACT public service exceeded the number leaving?

MR STANHOPE: I will have to take that on notice.

Civil laws

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question to the Chief Minister, pursuant to standing order 114, concerns the Civil Law (Wrongs) Bill. Chief Minister, in introducing this legislation you said:

Every jurisdiction in Australia, led by the Commonwealth, is developing a detailed response, through the Justice Ipp committee, to public liability insurance issues.

On 3 September 2002 you said in a media release:

The principles reported in the Ipp review are sound.

On 13 September you said:

We are considering the report of Justice David Ipp on litigation reform and we will respond positively.

On the other hand, your colleague Mr Quinlan reportedly said in a letter to Senator Coonan concerning Justice Ipp's committee:

Its findings, for the most part, will have little bearing on the ACT legislative reform agenda; an agenda that will be implemented over the next 12 months.

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