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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2145..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

All of our plans are about doing more, and in the future we will see continued improvement in this area.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you explain to the Assembly why the long waits have increased from 10.3 per cent in the previous report to 10.6 per cent in this report? How is that an improvement?

MS GALLAGHER: More people have joined the list.

Mrs Dunne: They are the long waits

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and you move. You move through the list.

Mrs Dunne: And the long waits are the ones that you say you are actually trying to fix.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes. Yes, it does. If you understood-it does.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how do you then reconcile the deterioration from 10.3 per cent of people waiting for over a year to 10.6 with your assertion that you are targeting patients who have been waiting for longer periods?

Mrs Dunne: It doesn't add up.

MS GALLAGHER: It does add up, because as you remove long waits from the list and you have new people joined to the list there will be some people who were not long waits who then become long waits. That is the way the waiting list works.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Minister, do you agree with the two polls conducted in the Canberra Times this month that show that less than 13 per cent of Canberrans believe that you are doing enough to reduce elective surgery lists?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not seen those polls.

Mr Hanson: I can forward them to you if you like, minister.

MS GALLAGHER: As you wish, Mr Hanson.

Housing-energy efficiency

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for housing and is about the energy efficiency of dwellings under the homelessness program called "A place to call


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