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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2685 ..

(1) Was there any cost to the Government in relation to the formation of the Aged Care Advisory Council, and if so, what was that cost;

(2) Will there be sitting fees paid to members of the Aged Care Advisory Council and, if so, what is the forecast cost;

(3) In regards to the choice of members of the Aged Care Advisory Council, was any consideration given to ensuring an equal representation of males to females upon the Council, and if so, why is there a gender imbalance;

(4) If no consideration was given in regards to gender equity, why not.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) There has been no considerable cost to the ACT Government in establishing the Aged Care Advisory Council (ACAC). The major cost was placing the advertisement in the Canberra Times and regional newspapers seeking expressions of interest. The ACAC will be reimbursed for parking fees when attending meetings, as well as taxi vouchers for those members who require transport to meetings.

(2) Members of the ACAC will not be paid sitting fees.

(3) As set out in the Cabinet Handbook, the ACT Government must take into account issues of gender equity when establishing boards, committees and advisory groups or councils. The ACAC is comprised of seven members, six females and one male. A gender imbalance exists in this case as only two applications were received from males, with one of these applications being withdrawn at the applicant's request.

(4) As noted in question (3), issues of gender equity were considered in establishing the ACAC, as required in the Cabinet Handbook.

Red Hill cattle

(Question No 724)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

(1) Have the cattle been removed from the Red Hill Nature Reserve and if so, why;

(2) Was the removal of these animals carried out at the behest of any person or party:

(3) What steps now will be taken to reduce bushfire risk on Red Hill previously provided by these cattle and what will be the cost of the new steps compared with use of cattle.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The cattle were removed from the Reserve on 7 May 2003. They had been grazing on Red Hill Nature Reserve for a period of ten weeks which was the maximum period for relief grazing that was agreed to with the lessee. At the time of removal, the stock food had been utilised to a level where further grazing had the potential to cause environmental harm.

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