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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2903..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

22,340 elective surgery admissions during 2004-05. In the previous year, there were, in fact, 27,515 admissions. In 2002-03, there were 26,618 admissions. Are you holding all those numbers in your head?

Given that, in 2004-05, there were 5,000 fewer admissions than in 2003-04 and 4,000 fewer admissions than in 2002-03, how can you claim that there were record numbers of elective surgery procedures performed in 2004-05, as you have consistently done?

MR CORBELL: The facts speak for themselves. I will need to check the figures because I do not have them in front of me but I think, in the last financial year, we had the second highest ever level of elective surgery activity. The facts speak for themselves. That is the situation.

MRS DUNNE: My supplementary question is: how can the minister explain the so-called higher than ever rate of admissions when the figures themselves show that there were 22,000 in 2004-05 compared to 27,000 in 2002-03?

MR CORBELL: It sounds like the second highest level to me.

Policing-Higgins

MR STEFANIAK: My question is directed to the minister for police. On 12 July this year you kindly attended Castieau Street, Higgins, with me and spoke with residents who had concerns about speeding vehicles in the street. You promised to do a number of things-specifically, one was to have your office arrange to get a police officer there to speak to the residents. I spoke to one resident yesterday who was meant to be contacted. To date, no contact has been made with the residents to arrange this meeting. Will you now undertake to have your office organise this meeting as soon as possible as you promised?

MR HARGREAVES: Absolutely Mr Stefaniak.

Housing-Ainslie Village

MRS BURKE: My question is directed to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Why is there any need to change the tenancy management model currently run by Centacare to some form of community housing association predominantly run by existing residents at Ainslie Village? Is this change in management the best outcome for residents at Ainslie Village?

MR HARGREAVES: A number of residents at Ainslie Village feel that their involvement in the management of that village is not finding its way into management decisions. It is not about disenfranchising people; it is not about a lack of democracy and all that sort of thing. It is about whether you do things with people or do things to people.

There have been discussions between officers of my department and the residents of that village. There have been discussions with Centacare. To my knowledge, it is time for the management regime to be reviewed. It has been in place for quite some time and it is time that it be reviewed. And it has been reviewed. I am pleased to advise the Assembly


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