Page 46 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 14 February 2006

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Mr Mulcahy: No, we are just trying to teach you a little about economics.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Mulcahy interjects that he was trying to teach me some basic economics. I think that the last time that Mr Mulcahy took a serious interest in an economic matter was when he was negotiating his separation payment with the Australian Hotels Association. Mr Quinlan commented that he was surprised that, in regard to the development of the convention centre project and the three hotels, the opposition did not approach the Australian Hotels Association, having regard, of course, to the close association between Mr Mulcahy and the Australian Hotels Association. Out of politeness, of course, Mr Quinlan did not mention the unpleasantness—

Mrs Burke: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Again, Mr Speaker, I bring to your attention the minister’s propensity to continue to stray from the point of a question—standing order 118 (a), relevance. Please ask him to answer the question before him.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I think that you were straying from the point of the question, Mr Stanhope. Come back to the point of the question.

MR STANHOPE: I do need to conclude that, out of politeness, Mr Quinlan did not mention that since the negotiation of the infamous separation package Mr Mulcahy has actually been persona non grata with the AHA.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come back to the point of the question.

MR STANHOPE: In relation to the Yarralumla brickworks, which is where we were, the Minister for Planning, through ACTPLA, has been pursuing on behalf of the government detailed planning work in relation to an appropriate future regime for ensuring that we protect and respect the absolute and fundamental importance of the Yarralumla brickworks as a part of our heritage, certainly as an iconic Canberra landmark.

Quamby Youth Centre

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support. Can the minister confirm or deny if, before Christmas 2005, some residents of Quamby climbed the external walls from the recreation area onto the roof and caused extensive damage to the roof, windows and skylight? Can the minister also confirm or deny if two residents broke into Quamby through an internal manhole cover—a secure area—gained access to the roof and trashed some electrical equipment? Can the minister also confirm or deny if there are some 15 staff under review at Quamby for “inappropriate behaviour”? Can the minister explain what this inappropriate behaviour is?

MS GALLAGHER: The specifics of the question I will take on notice. I do not have that level of detail. I understand there was an incident at Quamby that involved residents on the roof. My understanding of that incident is that the residents were coaxed down without any noticeable damage or harm, or potential harm, to their safety. Certainly I will get more detail on that. I understand that was during my time on leave. I will get answers on that and address that issue about staff, which I am certainly unaware of at the moment.

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