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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (16 October) . . Page.. 2941..


MR CORBELL: I wish to correct the Hansard in relation to a matter. On 27 September, during question time, I suggested that the average treatment time or average duration of a service event in emergency departments in the ACT for the 2005-06 year was one hour and 50 minutes, the lowest in the nation. I quoted that figure based on the information provided to me for question time, which I have recently learnt was incorrect. The error was due to a misreading of the relevant table in the AIHW report. The Northern Territory, rather than the ACT, had an average treatment time of one hour and 55 minutes for non-admitted patients. The ACT's average waiting time was two hours and 24 minutes, the third best in the country and still well below the national average of two hours and 55 minutes. I apologise to the Assembly for any confusion.

Canberra social plan

Ministerial statement

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (3.38): I present the following papers:

The Canberra Social Plan—2007 Progress Report—"Building our Community"—Ministerial statement, 16 October 2007.

The Canberra Social Plan—Progress Report—June 2007.

I seek leave to make a ministerial statement concerning the progress report on the Canberra social plan.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Some 31/2 years ago I launched Building our community: the Canberra social plan as an expression of this government's vision that Canberra should be a place where all people are able to reach their potential, are able to make a contribution and are able to share the benefits of living in this great community. Today I am pleased to table the latest published report on the government's progress towards achieving that vision. I am proud that we, as a government and community, have made substantial progress towards achieving the vision of the Canberra social plan.

Before I outline that progress, I would like to acknowledge yesterday's publication by the ACT Council of Social Service of the report entitled Characteristics of low income ACT households. The government was pleased to contribute to this research, through the Community Inclusion Board. Indeed, the new report builds upon earlier research commissioned by the government on the location and nature of poverty in the ACT. We contributed to this research because we believe that understanding disadvantage is fundamental to achieving the goals set out in the Canberra social plan.

The report released yesterday confirmed that, while there is room to debate the data, there is no doubt that there are Canberrans who live in poverty or who struggle to


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