Page 840 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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nor do I retain in my head, the exact number of canteens that have been through that process.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: I am happy, if I would be allowed to finish an answer, to take that element of the question on notice and provide information to Mrs Jones, but I do believe I am allowed to give some context to the work that is undertaken in the informative answer that I have been able to complete in two minutes and 15 seconds.

MADAM SPEAKER: Just before I call Mrs Jones for a supplementary question, I am getting the distinct impression, Mr Barr, that you would like to chip me as much as possible today about my handling of the chair. It is not within my power to prevent a member taking a point of order, and when a point of order is taken I have to deal with it. I think that the ruling that I gave was to remind you to be directly relevant, but I thought that you were getting to the point—a reasonable middle road between addressing the point of order and giving you some latitude to answer the question in the four minutes available to you. A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, when will sport and recreation services complete the required upgrades to canteens licensed by them?

MR BARR: There is an ongoing program. Sport and recreation services are provided funding to upgrade sport and recreation facilities annually in the budget. We will provide further information on that program in the 2014 territory budget.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, has any club been advised that they will not be able to use a canteen or kiosk until the necessary upgrades are done?

MR BARR: Not that I am aware of, but I will seek some further information in relation to that matter, as to whether there are any. I do not believe there are, but I will double-check that and confirm it. If I am wrong, I will come back to the Assembly and advise of that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what alternative canteen options have been offered to sports clubs with canteens not in conformity with the Food Act?

MR BARR: There would be a range of reasons potentially for there not being conformity. All that may require is some capital works or alternatively some changes to the nature of the food types that are served. For example, until certain facilities are upgraded, certain types of food may not be able to be served.

Again, I will seek some further advice on the progress of this program. But I think that the important point to stress, Madam Speaker, is that we do not want people getting sick as a result of poor food hygiene. That is a fairly important principle I think that we would want to maintain in terms of food standards across the territory.

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