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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (16 March) . . Page.. 1065..


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.

Visitors

MR SPEAKER: May I draw to members' attention the presence in the gallery of participants in the 2005 training program for graduate administrative assistants. Welcome.

Questions without notice

Health-radiotherapy

MR SMYTH: My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday you informed the Assembly of the implementation of a new planning system for radiotherapy treatments. I quote:

The current computerised planning system used for planning radiotherapy treatments is an old one and the government has committed funds to providing a new system ...

Minister, are these funds for a new planning system the same funds that were allocated in the government's supplementary appropriation bill of December 2001 or is it new money?

MR CORBELL: I do not have the detail in front of me. I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. If it is new money, over the 2001 money, what happened to the system implemented from the 2001 money? Why has it been found to be inadequate over the past three years?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

Canberra Hospital-constituent feedback

MR SESELJA: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. I refer to your use in the adjournment debate yesterday of yet more unattributed correspondence. Minister, would you be able to confirm to the Assembly that the letters you cited yesterday were not written by government staff members?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am very glad to confirm that all the letters I have read to the Assembly are letters received in my office from people pleased with the health system and pleased with the level of service they have received. The letters I read yesterday are from people who are not, as far as I am aware, in the employ of the ACT government.


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