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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3142..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

their contractual arrangements at that time in the season. The reason for that is that it is most unusual for them to be required at that time of the season.

Mr Pratt: But why don't you finalise the contract in winter time?

MR CORBELL: If we are seeing a change in conditions which is prolonged and ongoing—

Mr Pratt: Why don't you finalise the contract in winter time?

MR SPEAKER: Order! I warn you, Mr Pratt.

MR CORBELL: If we are seeing a change in conditions which is prolonged and ongoing, we will, of course, make those changes. But, Mr Speaker, the provisions that were put in place were appropriate. Coverage was provided, and adequate and comprehensive coverage was provided. I am satisfied with those arrangements.

MRS DUNNE: Why, minister, seeing that you just said that fire spotters are not normally required at this time of the year, do you not plan for emergencies from the beginning of the fire season? What do you understand by the "E"in ESA, and do you expect that the fires will wait for the fire spotters to come up in the tower before they break out?

MR CORBELL: Sorry, could you repeat that question? I did not hear it.

MRS DUNNE: Given that you have already said that it is not normally expected that there would be fires at this time of year, why do you not actually upgrade the Emergency Services Agency? What do you understand by the "E"in ESA, and do you expect the fires to wait to break out until the fire spotters get up into the towers?

MR CORBELL: I draw Mrs Dunne's attention to the concept of risk management, Mr Speaker.

Health—risk management project

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to Mr Corbell in his capacity as Acting Minister for Health. Minister, could you update the Assembly on the recent national award won by the ACT health risk management project?

MR CORBELL: As it happens, Mr Speaker, I can indeed. Thank you very much, Ms MacDonald.

Mrs Burke: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could Ms MacDonald repeat the question? I really did not hear it.

MR CORBELL: The question was not for you. I heard it. I can explain the question to you. I am very happy to explain the question to you, Mrs Burke.

MR SPEAKER: The question was in relation to the risk management strategy in health.


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