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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 3133..


Acton Peninsula - Demolition of Buildings

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, during the last sittings I agreed to take on notice a question to the Chief Minister from Mr Corbell in relation to extra costs incurred by the Emergency Services Bureau following the implosion of the old Royal Canberra Hospital. I am advised that the extra costs incurred on the day itself totalled $303.70. This was made up of $86.28 overtime charges for two ambulance superintendents, $69.42 for transport costs, and $148 overtime for two fire brigade district officers. In addition, a further $1,174 in costs was incurred by the ACT Ambulance Service in the relocation of patients from the Canberra Hospice to Calvary Hospital on 18 July 1997 and returning patients on 1 September. Those costs were made up of $854.04 overtime and $319.96 transport and operational costs. In relation to the costs of the AFP, as I told Mr Corbell in the Assembly last sitting week, I cannot provide any detailed information on those costs until all the investigations are complete and I am briefed by police accordingly.

PERSONAL EXPLANATION

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, proceed.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, earlier in question time today the Chief Minister suggested that I and other members of the Labor Party were not supportive of the Feel the Power of Canberra campaign. I want to make it very clear that I and other members of the Labor Party support the Government's efforts to promote Canberra; but we do retain the right and, indeed, believe we have a responsibility to make sure that the way the Government runs that campaign is appropriate and in the best interests of the Territory, and that was the reason for our questions today. I want to state very clearly that we in no way are attacking the campaign itself.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING STATUS PAPER
Paper

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's Environmental Accounting Status Paper, which forms part of the Government's response to Report No. 22 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment on environmental accounting for the ACT Government. The Government formally responded to the report on 10 April 1997.

Mr Speaker, I have much pleasure in presenting to members this status paper on environmental accounting, which has been prepared by the Government. The Government's goal is to develop a formal budgeting and reporting framework which takes account of social and environmental issues in addition to the present


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