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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 (3 May) . . Page.. 1707..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

have consulted broadly and have taken the best possible advice available to them in its preparation and development. I commend them for their contribution to the development of this leading Australian pest plants and animals legislation and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Referral to Standing Committee on Planning and Environment

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.28): Pursuant to standing order 174, I move:

That the bill be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 12.28 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospital waiting lists

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, at the end of March 2005 how many people were on the waiting list for public elective surgery in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I do not have that information immediately to hand. I can advise Mr Smyth, however, that those figures will be released publicly shortly, and I am sure he will be looking closely at them.

MR SMYTH: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. If the minister is going to take that on notice or whatever, perhaps he could tell the Assembly how many of these people were overdue for their elective surgery.

MR CORBELL: I have already answered that question. I do not have that information immediately to hand, but those figures will be released shortly.

ACTION bus service-flexibus

MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, ACTION'S new flexibus service began last week, on 26 April 2005. Would you please advise the Assembly how this new service will benefit the ACT community.

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. Yes, ACTION'S new flexibus service began on 26 April this year. Members may have seen the extensive print and electronic advertising campaign that has accompanied the introduction of the new flexibus service. The reason for this is that the new flexibus service is probably a first for Australia, in that it is the first time a demand responsive transport system has been put in place to service an entire city. That is what flexibus is-a demand responsive service where people can effectively dial a bus and arrange for a bus to pick them up.

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