Page 5081 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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On another occasion, a question without notice was asked concerning the LDA’s joint venture in Crace, with the three supplementaries being about whether the houses sold under that joint venture were being sold under community title, whether they were facing north, whether the content of the sales documentation stated that it had no public housing, and whether the joint development was carbon neutral. In my opinion, all of these questions related to the joint venture in Crace.

In conclusion, I would encourage members, when framing their supplementaries, to be mindful of the subject matter of the question, particularly whether the original issue is a broad question or more related to a specific matter.

Questions without notice

Galilee day program—funding

MR SESELJA: My question is to the minister for community services. Minister, on Thursday of last week, in answer to a question regarding funding for the Galilee day program, you said:

Indeed, from September an agreement was reached that the program may, indeed, cease at the end of December …

We have been advised that, when asked by the media about this statement, you informed them that you mis-spoke when you delivered this answer and that funding will be continuing for the program. Minister, did you in fact mislead the Assembly and will you now correct the record?

MS BURCH: I did respond to a question by Mr Coe and, just to clarify, my answer on Thursday did refer to the Uriarra Indigenous program, and that service funding agreement will cease on 31 December this year as a result of a recent audit of the program and, indeed, in agreement with Galilee.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you now guarantee that funding will continue to be provided on an ongoing basis by the Office of Children, Youth and Family Services for the Galilee day program, and will you now table the question time brief provided to you for Thursday’s question time?

MS BURCH: In response to the question on Galilee, DHCS, the department, provides funding to Galilee for a number of services: the foster care program, the Galilee day program, the Uriarra Indigenous youth program and the social housing and homelessness service program. Galilee receives funding of over $180,000-odd to provide the program, and a service agreement for that program expires on 31 December. My department has requested further information relating to the client usage of the program before renewing the agreement. This process was implemented to ensure young people attending Galilee remain connected with the ACT education system and that referrals are appropriate.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary?

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