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payments to be made when those are appropriate. I do not think the directors-general walk around going, “I’m more important than someone else.” Perhaps it is the lack of your understanding of operating at such a high level, any of you over there, about what skills and attributes are required. But I can tell you: directors-general do not sit around going, “I’m more important than you; therefore I should get paid $50,000 more than you,” or “I should have an RDO when you don’t have one,” or “I should only have to work until seven and you work until midnight.” It is just not the way the ACT public service operates. At the senior level we are extremely well served.
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mr Hanson.
Mr Hanson: The question that Mr Coe asked was very much about responsibility and risk. I note that the Chief Minister is trying to turn this into a flippant, “We don’t compare RDO’s,” or “I’m more important than the other person.” This is a legitimate question about the comparative aspects.
Mr Corbell: She’s answering the question.
Mr Hanson: No, she has not mentioned risk and she has not mentioned responsibility. I ask you to ask the minister to be relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, the question was: is the position at Capital Metro the second most difficult job in the ACT? I would ask the Chief Minister to be directly relevant to the question.
MS GALLAGHER: In that sense, Mr Hanson is wrong; the question was around ranking directors-general above each other: do I think that so-and-so is the second most important person in the ACT public service? As I said, decisions around remuneration for directors-general are negotiated individually within the legal framework that the Assembly supports.
MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People. Minister, could you please update the Assembly on the success and uptake of the first round of enhanced service offers available through Disability ACT?
MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for her question. The first round of the enhanced service offers saw Disability ACT receive a significant number of applications, over 1,300. Of these, more than a thousand were submitted online. This is, indeed, a great uptake and demonstrates the accessibility of the ESO application process and the effectiveness of the individual planners in working with people to assist them in applying for a grant.
Under the enhanced service offer, there were three categories of grant. The first grant could be used for aids, equipment or minor modifications up to the value of $10,000. The second grant, a quality of life grant, had a value of up to $5,000 and was designed