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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 452..


MR CORBELL: Again, Mr Pratt is not being very clear about exactly what information he is seeking. I find it a little difficult to answer the question. A series of internal reviews have taken place in relation to the performance of the ESA, in a range of areas. Those have been used to inform decision making about where efficiencies can be achieved in terms of service delivery within the organisation and how the government can ensure that the organisation works within its budget.

Mr Pratt: Will you take it on notice, Minister?

MR CORBELL: Okay.

Mr Pratt: And provide further detail.

Emergency services—FireLink system

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, a report commissioned by JACS into the financial management of the ESA makes a number of recommendations for future action. What does the report conclude about the digital data communication project known as FireLink?

MR CORBELL: There has been a process undertaken to analyse the performance of a range of IT and communications projects within the ESA following the ESA's consolidation within the justice portfolio. FireLink is one of the projects that have been subject to that analysis and the advice flowing from that analysis is currently subject to government approval and decision, and I am not in a position to disclose our decision in that regard.

MRS BURKE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Thank you, minister. Minister, do any of the internal reviews recommend walking away from the FireLink project?

MR CORBELL: As I have indicated, these are matters that are currently subject to government decision making and I am not in a position to pre-empt decisions that will be made at a government level.

Aged persons—physical activity programs

MS PORTER: My question is to the minister for sport and recreation. Minister, what is the government doing to promote the participation of older Canberra citizens in physical activity programs?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question and for her ongoing interest in increasing the participation of older Canberrans. It is worth stating at the outset that the ACT can lay claim to having the most active population in Australia. Importantly, we have the most active population of older people. The most recently released data on that shows that 91.3 per cent of people aged between 55 and 64 participate in some form of physical activity. Importantly, just over three-quarters of those aged 65 or over also participate in some form of physical activity.


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