Page 5012 - Week 15 - Thursday, 15 December 2005

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• a suite of works at the Tidbinbilla adventure playground;

• the ACT Bushfire Memorial, Mt Stromlo Park; and

• a refurbished artwork installed at the new Kippax Library, Belconnen.

Mr Jeremy Lasek
(Question No 793)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 23 November 2005:

(1) In relation to an article in The Canberra Times on Saturday, 19 November 2005, page B7 entitled “Alberta shows us the way”, did the ACT Government incur any costs as a result of Jeremy Lasek’s visit to Alberta, Canada in September; if so, how much;

(2) Did anyone accompany Mr Lasek on his visit to Canada; if so, what costs did the ACT Government incur as a result;

(3) Will the ACT Government be presenting a report on Mr Lasek’s visit to Canada to Members of the Legislative Assembly; if so, when; if not, why not.

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

(1) Mr Lasek visited Edmonton and Ottawa in Canada during his September visit to Canada. In Edmonton, Mr Lasek studied Alberta’s successful Centenary celebrations in 2005 and negotiated a visit to Canberra by the Executive director of the Alberta Centennial Mr Terry Keyko.

In Ottawa Mr Lasek represented the ACT at the fourth meeting of the Capitals Alliance. Mr Lasek contributed the equivalent of the economy airfare to attend the Capitals Alliance meeting and also paid for his accommodation and meals while in Ottawa. Mr Lasek received permission to attend the Capitals Alliance meeting as part of his professional development. He did not request any Travelling Allowance for any section of this trip.

The total cost to the ACT Government of Mr Lasek’s trip to Edmonton and Ottawa was $7,120.14.

(2) Mr Lasek travelled to Canada unaccompanied.

(3) Mr Lasek provided a report on his visit to Edmonton to study the Alberta Centenary to members of the Canberra Centenary Task Force. If MLAs would like a copy of the report I would be happy for them to receive it. Mr Lasek has provided a report on the Capitals Alliance meeting in Ottawa to the Chief Executive CMD.

Driver licence renewal testing
(Question No 802)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 24 November 2005:

(1) Has the Department of Urban Services considered a license renewal testing system for the ACT; if not, why not; if so, why has it not been implemented;

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