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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3275..


(4) If not, will you guarantee this remains the Government's position and you will not move to reduce accountability by changing the current questions on notice structure.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) No.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) See (2) above.

Hospitals-radiologists

Question No 1603)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 June 2004:

(1) Further to the response to part (1) of Question on notice No 1443, did he fail to address how many radiologists are currently employed to work in the A.C.T. instead giving detail on qualifications; if so, could he now advise how many radiologists are currently employed to work in the A.C.T.;

(2) In response to part (2) of Question on notice No 1443, did he indicate that the Radiation Oncology Department at The Canberra Hospital has positions for four radiation oncologists and 21.5 full time equivalent radiation therapists; if so, are these the positions available (filled or unfilled) or are these the actual positions that are currently filled.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) As of 29 June 2004, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has 2,376 Radiologists recorded nationally as being eligible to be employed to work in the ACT and 25 of these live in the ACT. These Radiologists can work part-time or full-time in both the public and private sector and the information regarding the private sector is not available to ACT Health.

(2) Yes. These are the funded positions available within the Unit.

Finance-departmental deficits

Question No 1604)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 23 June 2004:

(1) In relation to the analysis of financial performance of departments in Budget Paper No 4, 2004-2005 where a department anticipates an increase in a deficit why is this described in some instances as a reduction in the outcome, that is, as a negative variance (for example, Budget Paper 4, pages 27, 65 and 267);

(2) Where a department anticipates an increase in a deficit, why is this described in some


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