Page 290 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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MS BURCH: For the benefit of those opposite, I will bring the recruitment package for them to read.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Yes, a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Minister, are there any youth workers or teaching staff currently working at Bimberi whose processes of identification for suitability and security, health and medical checks have not been completed or have not been started? If yes, why, and what workplace restrictions are put on them until all these checks are completed?

MS BURCH: There are over 50 funded positions over there. I will take that level of detail on advice, Mr Speaker, for Bimberi staff, and I will talk with my colleague around the DET staff.

ACTION bus service—data

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Transport and it is in relation to the availability of data on the operation of ACTION buses. Minister, I understand that in a meeting with representatives of the Imagine Team in relation to engaging ACTION with a proposal for an open-source smartphone application, a representative of your department stated that they could not release the data for political reasons. Minister, what are these political reasons and why does the ACT not release this data when other jurisdictions make it publicly available?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. I have to say that I was not aware of any such conversation or statement referring to political reasons. I would have to say that it is news to me. I am at a complete loss to understand what was intended. I am not sure that I can or will be in a position to better assist Ms Bresnan in understanding what was intended by that comment, who made it or, indeed, whether or not it was made. It nonplusses me and I cannot imagine what it was a reference to.

In relation to the information and its availability, my understanding of the issue is that it is an issue that TAMS has been working on independently. I think it is complex. I think that the information that the department has available to it is not complete, that TAMS, in fact, is not all that confident in the completeness or the integrity of the information. I do understand, Ms Bresnan, that you have an as yet uncompleted freedom of information request relating to that particular information. I presume that the—

Mr Hanson: I thought they were kept separate from ministers.

MR STANHOPE: Well, they are.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR STANHOPE: I know about them but no minister has any role in—

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