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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3316 ..

Mr Dunne: All you did was take the money in the budget-

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Dunne! this is the third or fourth time today that I have drawn to your attention that those sorts of interjections are inconsistent with the standing orders and could bring the wrath of the Speaker. It might be a good idea to ease off.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am not surprised the Liberal Party seek to chat amongst themselves. That is the standard response when they are embarrassed over their record and their credibility. But the $1 million the government is putting into an additional preschool in Amaroo means that that preschool will now open for term 1 next year.

I am pleased to also report to members that the government will be providing the preschool community, the parents body for the new Amaroo preschool, with a $5,000 start-up grant to help them, in the first instance, with equipment, toys and other needed consumables for the new preschool at Amaroo.

This government is investing in childcare and early education in the Gungahlin community-putting the money in to deliver the services the community needs, not putting it off the way the Liberals did.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Kippax library

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, for members' benefit and Ms Dundas in particular, $310,000, as she identified, was the amount in question. Of that, $40,000 has been spent, and the amount rolled over is $270,000. These are the figures I have.

Conflict of interest

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, on Tuesday Mr Pratt asked me a question relating to arrangements for handling conflicts of interest on the ACTION Authority board. I undertook to get back to Mr Pratt on the process that the ACTION Authority board uses in these circumstances.

Section 15 of the ACTION Authority legislation requires directors of the board to declare any direct or indirect personal or pecuniary interest in any matter being considered by the board. The directors are required to declare this interest at a board meeting, and such declarations are to be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The director is then prohibited from being present during any deliberation of the matter and from taking part in any decision of the board on the matter.

The legislation also requires the chairman of the board to provide to the minister a statement setting out details of any disclosures made during the financial year. The minister must then pass this statement on to the relevant Assembly committee. Since the authority began on 1 January this year, no disclosures of conflict have needed to be minuted during meetings of directors of the ACTION Authority board.

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