Page 1377 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2006

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MR PRATT: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Thanks, Chief Minister. Notwithstanding questions around the concept of centralised services or whether a shared service will be established, specifically how many additional staff—not transferred; additional—will be employed by the ACT government to implement your restructuring proposals?

MR STANHOPE: I do not know whether the question relates just to the decision that I have announced to create a shared services centre. If it does, I do not have an answer to that. I am not sure whether the question relates to other decisions that have yet to be finalised but which will be made. It is not a question at this stage that I can answer. Those—

Mr Smyth: Why not? Surely it’s within the estimates.

MR STANHOPE: The budget has not been completed yet.

Mr Smyth: It’s about the shared services.

MR STANHOPE: It was not clear what the question was about—whether it related just to the shared service or it related to—

Government members interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: The question was very much around restructuring.

Mr Pratt: General restructuring—the entire box and dice.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, there we go. There is a general disagreement here between the Leader of the Opposition and Mr Pratt on what the question was about. Leader of the Opposition, can I suggest that you listen to your members’ questions before you interject in future.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition is not a player here. Mr Pratt has asked a question.

MR STANHOPE: I have concluded the answer, Mr Speaker. But you should listen to your members’ questions in future, Mr Smyth.

Budget—functional and strategic review

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Some months ago, after Mr Shane Gilbert was appointed as CEO of the Department of Economic Development, he was removed from that position after a falling out with the then minister and former Treasurer, Mr Quinlan. Mr Gilbert was then seconded to work with Mr Costello on the functional and strategic review. Chief Minister, as at 2.17 pm this afternoon, the online ACT government directory listed Mr Gilbert as the chief executive of the functional review of the ACT public sector and services. Now that the report of the functional review has been presented, what is Mr Gilbert doing, where is he located, is he being

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