Page 2357 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 28 June 2005

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Mr Stanhope: When was he sentenced, Mr Stefaniak?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister!

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, how many more cases are there where a person is serving a prison sentence of longer than 12 months and still maintains a public housing tenancy agreement? You might take that on notice.

MR HARGREAVES: I have no intention of taking it on notice, Mr Speaker. I do not intend to indulge the member with the answer to that. We do not care. The bottom line is that there is a tenancy agreement in place. As Mr Stefaniak would know, there are times when people’s tenancy agreements are terminated, for example, for non-payment of rent over a protracted period. There are any number of ways in which tenancy agreements can be, and quite properly should be, terminated.

The question refers to somebody who is convicted and sentenced to jail—and you will notice, Mr Speaker, that Mr Stefaniak mentions nothing about any particular timeframe, whether it be life or whether it be 16 minutes; he makes no provision for that in the question. I do not propose to indulge the member with an answer to that one.

Mrs Burke: Longer than 12 months.

Mr Mulcahy: You are being misrepresented, Bill.

MR HARGREAVES: I am not going to answer it. It is as simple as that.

Mr Stefaniak: The year 2000, John, is when—


Mr Pratt: Why start being transparent now?

Mr Quinlan: Sentenced in 1995, Bill.

Mr Stefaniak: The appeals finished in 2000 and 2001.

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is not a conversation. It is question time.

Totalcare Industries

MR MULCAHY: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. On 9 December 2003 you made the following pledge to Totalcare workers: “None of the 346 Totalcare employees will lose their jobs or entitlements.” Given that Mr Hargreaves has confirmed that some of these people could lose their positions in a departmental reshuffle, why have you reneged on your pledge to these workers?

MR STANHOPE: I have not; it is just not true. I promised that no Totalcare worker would lose his or her job or would receive conditions worse than those received at Totalcare. And that is the case. They receive better pay in the main; they receive better

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