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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1166..


MR SMYTH: I am taking legal advice on this matter because it is not as clear as Mr Corbell would like to portray. Often, Mr Corbell's portrayal of things does not end up being the reality. He may want to look at section 37A (2), which is, I believe, the section of the act that says that I can give a direction to review the Territory Plan. It may well be the appropriate part of the act for us to use to do such a thing. I have asked for advice on this matter. As soon as I have the advice, I will make a report to the Assembly. I hope to do it by the end of business today.

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation

MS TUCKER: My question also is to Mr Smyth. Yesterday, in the debate on CTEC, I asked that Mr Smyth table for the information of the Assembly the written report required under the corporations legislation that should have come to him from the board of CTEC because a conflict of interest was disclosed by a member of CTEC during the process. Minister, did you receive such a report? If so, can you table it?

MR SMYTH: I do not recall receiving such a report. I have asked Mr Stainlay to see whether there is such a report and, if so, make it available to me.

Ambulance crews

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, a perusal on the Internet of the key achievements of the Canberra Liberals revealed the following statement under "Community safety":

Funding the provision of a fifth and sixth ambulance crew.

A perusal of the Emergency Services Bureau's web site also revealed that there were ambulance crews at Belconnen, Dickson, Gungahlin, Calwell and Phillip. That makes five crews. We also know that SouthCare services do not constitute another ambulance crew. In fact, crews are one down every time the helicopter turns up.

Mr Stefaniak: Narrabundah.

MR HARGREAVES: Narrabundah is not right. Minister, why do you claim to have provided funding for the sixth ambulance crew when clearly you have not? Is the initiative you tout in the draft budget exercise for 2001-02 of the 24-hour deployment of two additional paramedics, one in Kambah and the other in western Belconnen, the mythical sixth crew? Exactly where in Kambah and western Belconnen-clearly, the minister is occupied, Mr Speaker, and he will not hear this part of the question-

Mr Smyth: I am listening. You are talking about mythical crews.

MR HARGREAVES: The minister should be aware that I had moved on. Obviously, he is not up-to-date. I will go back for the minister's benefit. Minister, is the initiative you tout in the draft budget exercise for that mythical sixth group? Will you advise the Assembly exactly where in Kambah and western Belconnen these paramedics will be, to use your word, stationed?


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