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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4318..


(1) the resolution of the Assembly of Tuesday, 17 August 2004, relating to the agreement to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2004, as amended, and clause 30, as amended, be rescinded;

(2) clause 30 of the Bill be reconsidered in the detail stage, pursuant to standing order 187; and

(3) reconsideration of clause 30 of the Bill in detail stage commence forthwith.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2004

Detail stage

Clause 30.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (12.29): I move amendment No 3 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4466].

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Aged care accommodation-bed availability

MR CORNWELL: My question is to the Chief Minister, Mr Stanhope. It relates to the plethora of sites for aged care accommodation that you rattled off during yesterday's question time. These include sites at Belconnen, Gordon, Nicholls and Greenway. Additionally, you said you had approved the direct sale of blocks at Garran, Bruce, Monash, Weston and Hughes for aged care accommodation. Mr Jim Purcell, the executive director of the Council for the Ageing, said recently:

We don't believe the majority of those beds will be operational for another two to three years.

Chief Minister, rather than just continually rattle off a list of sites for aged care, could you please inform the Assembly and the people of Canberra when these beds will actually become operational?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the member for the question. Issues in relation to aged care, of course, are extremely important. As I indicated yesterday, the government has, in order to ensure that we do have in place a strategy that will work now and into the future, done some retrospective analysis of the provision of aged care beds and the direct granting of land. That retrospective analysis has covered the four years of the previous government. I propose to release that analysis shortly because it will show the most appalling record of the previous government in relation to the delivery of beds.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order: under standing order 118 (b) the minister is not allowed to debate the subject; he actually has to answer the question that was asked.


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