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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1589..


Health—mental health

(Question No 193)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) Would the ACT Government consider establishing a Ministry for Mental Health to better meet the needs of mental health services in the Territory;

(2) If not, why not; if so, when will you progress this idea.

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

(1) No.

(2) The Government does not believe creation of a separate administrative structure responsible for mental health is justified.

Health—mental health

(Question No 194)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) Would the ACT Government consider establishing a Ministry for Mental Health to better meet the needs of mental health services in the Territory;

(2) If not, why not; if so, when will you progress this idea.

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

(1) No.

(2) The Government does not believe creation of a separate administrative structure responsible for mental health is justified.

Children—sexual assault

(Question No 195)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

Is the Minister aware of the denied claims by the Western Australian Health Department that paedophiles were preying on children at Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital following reports four staff members were forced to resign amid allegations of sexual assault of young patients; if so, have any staff at The Canberra Hospital been dismissed amid similar allegations.

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

I am aware of media reports concerning the Princess Margaret Hospital.


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