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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 185..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

demand in the same way that we are tackling demand in general health services. That is what the government will continue to do.

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

Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 404 and 495

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered the question that I took on notice from Mr Smyth. In relation to question 404 from Mr Seselja, I signed that off on 11 December and it went to the committee office. There has been some issue between the two—

Mr Seselja: So there has been a breakdown in terms of—

MS GALLAGHER: Yes. But it is there and available, and I understand it was resent a week ago, so it should be there.

With respect to question 495, the department has advised me that this will be ready by close of business tomorrow afternoon. It has taken longer than expected to answer this question. My apologies for the lateness of the response.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Hospitals—birthing centre

MS GALLAGHER: In relation to the question I took on notice from Ms Hunter around the birthing centre, Ms Hunter asked me whether the architects had expertise in designing specialty wards—in particular, birthing centres—and whether they were required to subcontract out. I understand they were not required to subcontract out and that they did have access from within their own organisation as experts in designing birth centres. In particular, projects that they have been involved in recently are the Royal North Shore birthing area in Sydney, where they have a physically separate birth centre similar to the current Canberra model, the Mater Mothers in Brisbane, and the Nelson hospital birthing area in Nelson, New Zealand.

I am advised that the Bligh Voller Nield team have recently discussed the aspirations for the birth centre with the Friends of the Birth Centre and have been given advice that they want it to be light filled, calming, comfortable and a comforting space which is non-medical. The specialist expertise within the architects firm has been supplemented by the fact that the designer working on this project has had both of her children in a birth centre. She is familiar with and supportive of the philosophical approach to birthing.

Alexander Maconochie Centre

MR CORBELL: During question time Mr Doszpot asked me a question in relation to internet access at the AMC. I can advise Mr Doszpot and members that, as of today, all access to internet use, including educational programs, email and whitelisted websites, is still not available to prisoners. However, the review of access has been


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