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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1173..


MR MOORE (continuing):

However, I can indicate, which I think is what you are looking for, that these requests are regularly approved. I think that is the thrust of what you were getting at. If you wish to bring an individual case to my attention, then of course I will be happy to look into that individual case.

Ambulance crews

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, in response to Mr Hargreaves' ambulance question, I advise that there are six crews and six locations staffed 24 hours a day. The locations are Calwell, Phillip, Fyshwick, Dickson, Belconnen and Gungahlin. When a call is made to assist the Snowy Scheme SouthCare helicopter, the duty manager determines-

Mr Hargreaves: The Fyshwick one is not on your web site.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not want cross-conversation, thank you. Mr Smyth is answering your question, Mr Hargreaves.

MR SMYTH: They hate it when you correct them, Mr Speaker. When a call is made to assist the Snowy Scheme SouthCare helicopter, the duty manager determines on the basis of shift times and workloads whether or not a replacement crew will be called in. I am advised that in about 95 per cent of the cases there is additional crew. If the Snowy Scheme SouthCare helicopter is flying, you have seven crews, and the additional paramedics will locate as follows: one in Kambah and one in Charnwood, with other locations yet to be determined.

Personal explanations

MR WOOD: I want to make a point under standing order 46. I was misrepresented.

MR SPEAKER: You wish to make a personal explanation?

MR WOOD: Yes. I will be very quick, of course.

MR SPEAKER: Leave is granted.

MR WOOD: In answering a question, Mr Moore said that Mr Humphries' comments were related not to the public sector, which is true. My question and my whole approach have not been confined to public housing but to housing all over. I just wanted to put that into context.

MR HARGREAVES: I would like to make a quick statement under standing order 46, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR HARGREAVES: The minister imputed that I got my information in respect of the ambulance crews wrong. I would like the Assembly to note that I got my information from the Emergency Services Bureau web site, which I presume is approved by the minister. It mentions only five crews. Perhaps the minister ought to revisit his web site.


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