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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5198..


Ms GALLAGHER (continuing):

The government's position has been to work with the organisation, despite their opposition to it, in order to make sure that if there is any room to address their concerns satisfactorily, we are able to do that. The provision of palliative care in this city is an important matter. I would hate to see that deteriorate simply because parties could not speak to each other because we had a difference of opinion on something.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan; a supplementary?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, along with concerns expressed by the Palliative Care Society, will you also be taking into account similar concerns expressed by key organisations such as the ANF and the Health Care Consumers Association?

MS GALLAGHER: Absolutely. The concerns that the ANF have raised are slightly different to the concerns of the Health Care Consumers Association, as they are representing different parts of the debate. But the Health Care Consumers Association, as I understand it, whilst they are very supportive of the sale of the hospital, share the concerns of the Palliative Care Society, and the Palliative Care Society is a member of the Health Care Consumers Association. So to me that is not a surprise that they have got those concerns, which are very similar.

In relation to the ANF, the ANF concerns are much more industrially focused. Yes, we are working through all of those currently as we speak and prior to my taking this matter back to cabinet.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Canberra Hospital-tuberculosis exposure

MS GALLAGHER: I table the following paper relating to the overnight stay for a support person policy that was requested during question time today:

Overnight stay for a support person-The Canberra Hospital Maternity Practice Guidelines-May 2006.

Housing-public

Childcare-fees

MS BURCH: I am bringing some information back from yesterday. Yesterday Mr Doszpot asked how many public housing tenants live in existing high density public housing in the inner north and inner south. The response is: there are 1,531 public housing tenants residing in multi-unit complexes in the inner north and there are 474 public housing tenants residing in multi-unit complexes in the inner south.

Also yesterday Mr Coe asked how the strategy around disruptive tenants compares with the other states and territories. My response is: all states and territories have a policy and/or a working definition of antisocial disruptive behaviour and specific


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