Page 4294 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Rattenbury, the standing orders require you to be directly relevant. Mrs Jones asked you had any people been charged this year and, if so, how much. Can you be directly relevant.

MR RATTENBURY: I am not aware of any households that have been charged yet this year. What I might say is that I would be interested in where the opposition stands if somebody wanted to organise a music festival in their street. Would they expect Roads ACT to take measures?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Rattenbury. You need to be relevant.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order members! A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, will the government levy this fee when the lights display is a fundraising event for charity or a community group?

MR RATTENBURY: I have already answered Mrs Jones’s question. I indicated that this is a matter of discretion for Roads ACT.

Disability services—respite care

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People. Minister, recently a request for tender was released to provide respite services for people with a disability, specifically to take over the operation of Teen House, Kese House and Hughes House. At a recent information session, NGOs were informed that currently each house is costing the ACT government between $1.2 million and $1.5 million per year to run. However, the tender documents indicate an amount of $627,000 per house as the total amount of block funding available for the successful provider in the first year of operations. It is also expected that block funding will reduce as the fee for service starts as a result of the NDIS. How was the first year block funding amount calculated?

MS BURCH: I will have to take that on notice. I am not aware of the specifications behind procurement and tender. A minister is not, nor should be, that closely involved—

Mr Wall: You are specifying the price.

MS BURCH: with procurement process. No, the minister does not specify procurement processes.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Careful. Order, Mr Coe!

MS BURCH: I will take that question on notice. But what I will take on notice is the back part of your question—how is the first year of block funding to be calculated and paid? That is how I understood the back part.

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