Page 2607 - Week 07 - Thursday, 18 June 2009

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Pty Ltd took out the employee growth award, Lucy Media Pty Ltd took out the sales growth award and Formulate Information Design took out the emerging entrepreneur award. There was an overall winner. Canberra BusinessPoint enterprise of the year 2009 was won by Virids E3. That company specialises in cost-effective environmentally sustainable development and property consulting services. That is a very good news story for Canberra businesses, and their recognition, I think, should be hailed far and wide across Canberra.

I want to make a very quick response to Mrs Dunne—and I note that she comes in, makes comments and scurries away as quick as she is able—because she referred to my dissenting report. There seems to be a theme that I do not ask solid questions. It beggars belief that someone who asks questions around programs for rehabilitation and education of prisoners at AMC is not asking worthy questions. Again, the opposition have no stomach for it so they leave the room. I am glad they are listening upstairs, because they cannot hide forever in this building. I stand by my questions around rehabilitation and education at AMC.

I also stand by my comments about the behaviour of the opposition during some of the proceedings. Mrs Dunne went to special needs comments. It was a public hearing and members of the opposition were making inappropriate comments and references to other committees’ work. Indeed, one of the fellows who has just walked out of this room felt that a committee of this Assembly may not have the expertise up to a standard to undertake an inquiry.

Mrs Dunne also made comments around Liberals’ questions. The matter of green paint raised by Mr Coe may be important, but for the life of me I cannot understand why he needed that answer within five days. If he can explain that to me I will be very happy. Again, they said that the budget had no plan. Given that the opposition seemed to cite and refer to the research activities by local media, I again refer to CityNews—the heading, “Zed, the man with no new plan” and the comment, “Despite prolonged filibustering the answer was ‘no’.” He has no plan.

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MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (4.23): I would like to draw to the Assembly’s attention a missed opportunity after the antics of this week whereby a public servant—or Actew managing director, Mark Sullivan, I should say—wrote directly to a member of this place correcting comments that she had made. He not only wrote directly to her but also wrote and copied the letter to the Chief Minister and me, the Auditor-General, the Speaker and the Parliamentary Convenor of the Greens. The letter drew the attention of all of those people to comments that had been made in the Assembly which the managing director of Actew felt were not correct and he outlined his reasons for thinking that. He then went on to request that the member in question—in this case it was Mrs Dunne—actually clarify and correct the public record and that she do so at the earliest opportunity.

This letter was sent on 17 December and was copied to a number of individuals. There was a request in the letter to correct the public record. I note that the Assembly

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