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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 4304..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

I thought that there had been a resolution to that. I am a bit concerned that there has not been. I cannot answer Dr Foskey's question specifically, but I will take it on notice and try to get back to her. The difficulty, of course, is that it may take me more than this afternoon to do that. With your leave, Mr Speaker, and Dr Foskey's, we will do that as soon as we can.

DR FOSKEY: I ask a supplementary question. Would not the now vacated Junction health centre on Marcus Clarke Street accommodate the food program or some of the other competing community-based activities? If that is not being considered, will the minister advise the Assembly of the territory's future plans for that site?

MR HARGREAVES: Firstly, I have not heard that suggestion. I would not think so. However, I advise Dr Foskey that I am not the Minister for Planning.

Disability ACT-Ms Alyssa Blazey

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. For members' information, this question relates to the care of an individual and has been cleared by the family for discussion today.

Are you aware, minister, that serious allegations of misconduct and failure of proper process have been made regarding Disability ACT's handling of the specific care needs of Ms Alyssa Blazey? How will you ensure that territory legislation empowering Ms Blazey's guardian in respect of Alyssa's interests, including those of accommodation and housemates, will be respected? Will you ensure that Ms Blazey's rights in respect of her current accommodation and the assurances given in respect of that accommodation are honoured?

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. I do not thank Mrs Burke for the question. It is an absolutely appalling piece of abuse of parliamentary privilege to bring any individual's name into this place. I have said on a number of occasions that I will not discuss individual cases in this place. I will not contribute to the pain of people, like Mrs Burke seems to be capable of doing. I have absolutely no intention of discussing a specific case in this place. I am quite happy to talk about systemic issues; I am quite happy to talk about process; and I am quite happy to talk about procedure. But I will not talk about individual cases.

The second part of Mrs Burke's question goes to whether I will ensure that this particular person's rights, et cetera, are preserved. The answer is of course.

MRS BURKE: My supplementary question is: minister, notwithstanding your answer, will you ensure that Ms Blazey is offered the full level of funding which is required for her to gain the appropriate care she needs and the safe and secure accommodation required for Hartley Lifecare to become the care service provider?

MR SPEAKER: You have been given that answer.

MR HARGREAVES: Firstly, can I say that in every single case that has been brought to me-and I get the occasional individual case brought to me as minister-I do nothing


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