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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1618..


Drugs—diversion program

(Question No 245)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) Further to the reply to Question on notice No 11, have the funds requested for the drug diversion program for the period 10 October 2004 to 9 October 2005 been approved by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing;

(2) If so, when was the funding approved and how much was approved; if not, when do you expect a response from the Commonwealth.

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

(1) No.

(2) The 2002-2003 agreement has been extended until 30 June 2005. I expect a new Agreement to be finalised by 30 June 2005.

Hospitals—inpatient facilities

(Question No 246)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) Further to the reply to Question on notice No 41, have the sketch plans been finalised for the sub and non-acute inpatient facility;

(2) If so, when will they be released publicly; if not, why not and when will they be finalised given in response to Question on notice No 41 it was stated that they would be finalised in the new year.

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

(1) The sketch plans have not yet been finalised.

(2) The sketch plans have not yet been finalised as additional time has been allocated to this part of the process in order to ensure that the design of the new facility will meet user requirements. It is anticipated that the plans will be finalized in the near future and they will be publicly available at that time.

Roads—speeding fines

(Question No 247)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 9 March 2005:

(1) Further to the recent announcement of the reduction of fines for speeding and other traffic offences in NSW, why will the ACT Government not be considering reducing fines for speeding and other traffic offences and offsetting of these fines with an increase in demerit point penalties in line with the announcement to do so in NSW;


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