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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 999..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

behaviour and culture in relation to public transport. That will be reflected through the plan, and the great challenge for this government is to find the resources in this budget, the current budget environment, to seriously begin the process of paying for the massive investment in infrastructure, most particularly in public transport and other forms of transport that will be required.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe?

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, are you happy with the state of the order with regard to the 74 Euro 4 compliant buses and the 26 Euro 5 compliant buses that were ordered?

MR STANHOPE: I am sorry, Mr Coe. I just did not catch that.

MR COE: Are you satisfied with the state of the order and the state of delivery of the 74 Euro 4 compliant buses and the 26 Euro 5 compliant buses?

MR STANHOPE: I am not sure I understand your question fully, but yes, I am. I have no advice to the contrary, but in the context of the plans for the delivery of the 100 buses, it is a plan that is funded over the term of this particular Assembly. As far as I am concerned, the order, and the receipt, is essentially satisfactory. I have not had presented to me any advice that would have me think otherwise.

Disability services—support packages

MS BRESNAN: My question is for the minister for disability and is about the transition of people with a disability from hospital to the community. Minister, around this time last year, we were advised that there were eight people with a disability who, despite being medically cleared for discharge, were being kept in hospital because they could not access individual support packages to assist them in their return to the community. Minister, can you please advise the Assembly how many people with a disability are currently in the same situation and cannot return to the community because of a lack of suitable support packages, and what is the government doing to resolve this matter?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her question. It is, for the people involved, a frustrating time to be in hospital, should they choose to live out in the community. We identified eight such people and, to date, we have moved five who have transitioned to the community. This is something that does take time. It is to ensure that these people are safe and have the accommodation, the physical resources and also the support services that are necessary to keep them at home and safe and well.

I understand that a sixth person is about to be transitioned out. We have provided a purpose-refurbished unit for a sixth person who is looking to be transitioned out of care in the near future. DHCS continues to work with all people who are seeking to transition out of hospital. But, as I said, it is a complicated process and something that needs to take time to ensure that all the support services are in place.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary?


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