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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3666..


(4) There will be no adverse impact of withdrawing funding for this project. A contract was awarded by ACT Health to Fresenius Medical Care Australia Pty Ltd in August 2005. It will provide for 13 dialysis beds and be located in an underutilized building on the Calvary Hospital site. A $1M 'owner/operator' refurbishment program is currently underway of this facility and has an anticipated completion date of late November 2005. It is expected that patients will be able to receive treatment from this new facility prior to Christmas.

(5) No new capital funding for this project will be required as the service has been provided by alternative means.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-partnership plan

(Question No 514)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) What evidence is there to suggest that progress has been made by the ACT Government to formulate an ACT Indigenous Partnership Plan with the Indigenous community in the ACT;

(2) If the ACT Government plan has not been formulated due to perceived external factors, why would the Government, in the interests of the local Indigenous community, not continue to formulate the plan.

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

(1) The formulation of an ACT Indigenous Partnership Plan involving the ACT Indigenous community, ACT Government and ATSIC was delayed with the announcement in April 2004, by the Federal Government, that it would abolish ATSIC and the Queanbeyan ATSIC Regional Council.

(2) The ACT Government is committed to the establishment of a representative body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT and will work to formulate a partnership plan with the new elected body.

As an interim measure, the Government is currently developing an across-government policy framework in relation to Indigenous Affairs and will look to develop a draft plan in collaboration with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Consultative Council.

Capital works-projects

(Question No 515)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

Does the most recent quarterly capital works progress report available, September Quarter 2004-05 show that the outstanding authorisation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Cultural Centre project is $1.5m and is this the same figure as when the Australian


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