Page 1535 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 April 2013

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Our experience is that it has actually increased substantially. So I am not sure where that comment has come from.

That is from the public accounts hearing. Minister, what is the correct status of this government program?

MR BARR: I understand you may have placed a question on notice in the annual report hearings in relation to this. I am fairly sure that answer has been provided. I do not have it in front of me—

MADAM SPEAKER: That question is on notice.

MR BARR: Indeed.

MADAM SPEAKER: These are questions without notice. You are being asked a question now.

MR BARR: Indeed. I am suggesting I may have already been asked a question and provided an answer. I will check that and provide information to Mr Smyth, hopefully today, in relation to that. I think it would be the second time he has asked the question. I may not have been able to provide an answer yet. I will check. I know the question has been asked and I will seek information and get back to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why is it that senior managers and yourself were not aware of the figures published in the government’s half-yearly update?

MR BARR: I do not think that that is in fact the case. I think it is a question of interpretation and some anecdotal evidence that you were putting forward, Mr Smyth.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what will you be doing to ensure that senior managers in your directorate are aware of the performance of their programs, including yourself?

MR BARR: We are all doing our jobs, which is in contrast to those opposite.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson! Dr Bourke has the floor. A supplementary question.

DR BOURKE: Minister, what benefits does this program bring to the ACT?

MR BARR: Significant benefits.

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