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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 883..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

What does it mean? On the ground, it means that for a 10 to 12-week period Baptist Community Services will provide a range of care to people who have either been discharged from hospital or who would otherwise need to go into hospital because they need a level of support and care that they cannot get at home. The support will be from primary and allied health care workers. It will really give these local residents an opportunity to improve, recover or regain their functional abilities after an illness or an operation.

A great example was given at the launch. There is a particular old lady at home. She has had a fall; she is not able to move around. The Baptist Community Services are not just providing care for her in terms of rehabilitation and support but also giving care to her dog, so that it can continue to be fed. She has that support at home as well.

This is a great example of an innovative approach to aged care services. It is one that will support older residents and prevent hospital admission or readmission. It will help them remain in their own homes. Secondly, it will offer people presently in hospital an in-patient rehabilitation program so they can return home with community-based support. This is another example of this government's commitment to delivering aged care services for the Canberra community.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Rural leases

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.26): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement in relation to Mr Corbell's correction on Tuesday, 8 March about a statement he made last December concerning rural leases in the Molonglo Valley.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders-suspension

MRS DUNNE: In that case, Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Dunne from making a statement.

Mr Speaker, on Tuesday, Mr Corbell skulked into this chamber at two minutes past 12, when he knew that I was not here, to make a statement so that he could correct the record. What one normally expects when someone comes in here to correct the record is for them to do something like-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come to the point of the motion. The motion is for the suspension of standing orders and you have to debate why there is a need to suspend the standing orders.

MRS DUNNE: Why we need to suspend standing orders is precisely this, Mr Speaker: I need to make a statement and the Assembly should hear the other side of the case. This minister is afraid of that. That is why he will not give leave. When the minister made that


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