Page 5543 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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Workshop are—and I stress that I am quoting—“like a pack of wild dogs cocking their legs at buildings”?

MS BURCH: I think everyone who read the Canberra Times would have read that comment. It was not my comment, Ms Le Couteur.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Hunter has a supplementary.

MS HUNTER: Minister, given that the government’s response to the estimates report this year said that Megalo would not be able to move into the Fitters Workshop until 2013, where did the government anticipate Megalo would be located from July 2012, when their lease ends?

MS BURCH: I would have to go back to the estimates Hansard to check that. But certainly we had a development application. That is in place, it is closed and a decision is yet to be made on that. We had always planned, we were very clear, that the relocation movement would have commenced in 2012, and it is certainly my conversation with the directorate that they were to be there at the end of 2012—mid to the end of 2012. So I am not quite sure where 2013 comes in. I am happy to go back, Ms Hunter, and check the Hansard on that.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you now apologise to the Liberals and the Greens for falsely alleging that the Liberals and the Greens had trashed Megalo’s reputation?

MS BURCH: I have made it quite clear, and I have made it clear here today, that the decision by the Canberra Liberals and the Canberra Greens has impacted negatively on Megalo. That is the conversation—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BURCH: I have no doubt that if you had spoken with Megalo since your decision they would have shared that with you. It is certainly the conversation they have shared with me.

Children and young people—care and protection

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, what interaction has occurred between your directorate and Northern Bridging Support Services since it was reinstated to the directorate’s provider list for care and protection transport and supervision services?

MS BURCH: The directorate worked very closely with NBSS with regard to their being reinstated and about matters of outstanding accounts. I know that they continue to work with NBSS as and when required, as they would do with any stakeholder.

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