Page 966 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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MS BURCH: There are a number of people that work at the Multicultural Festival. There are the volunteers, there are those that are appointed to manage stage and other activities and then there is other service provision such as removal of rubbish and the like. Where there is a public procurement process, it is independent. There is a procurement process and the Office of Multicultural Affairs goes through that. Where we ask volunteers to manage certain activities there is a separate process for that. That does not come from my office; it is managed through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Going back to your earlier question, there has come to my office—sorry, I remember this now—a discussion between some people managing the stage. It was about the sound, the equipment and the management of the stage. But I think that has been worked through, as I understand it, through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what actions has your directorate undertaken to ensure that contractors working for the government comply with the law?

MS BURCH: There is a process. If you are contracted to provide a service there are terms and conditions of honouring that contract. Also, part of the feedback loop and the quality loop of the national festival is a feedback session. We invite stallholders, volunteers, all those involved—indeed, shop owners within Civic—to come back. We do this each and every year. We invite them to come back and provide advice. We always look to that advice. If there are good areas of improvement for planning the next festival, that is what we do.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, are you and the government satisfied that the services provided by contractors at the Multicultural Festival were compliant?

MS BURCH: I believe they are.

Canberra—public drinking fountains

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, how will the government decide the location of the 30 new drinking fountains it has committed to locate in public places across Canberra?

MR RATTENBURY: The government has announced a process to identify the locations for new public drinking fountains in public spaces. The first package includes 10 new fountains which will be installed at preselected sporting fields across the city, and that is because they are identified as particular locations of high demand for a drinking fountain.

The second package of fountains includes 20 stations, and Territory and Municipal Services has just released a voting process to invite members of the public to come

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