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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2725..


MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Minister, is the ACT consistent with a recent national survey that has labelled the Ambulance Service, once again, as the most trusted profession? And how do those opposite rate?

MR CORBELL: Those opposite, of course, I think come in very low on the most trusted of anything, Mr Speaker. But, when it comes to our ambulance officers, I am pleased to say that, once again, the Australian Reader's Digest survey has listed ambulance officers and firefighters as the top two trusted professions nationally, and that is certainly the case here in the ACT.

I congratulate all of the staff of the ACT Ambulance Service and the ACT Fire Brigade for achieving this endorsement from the broader community. It highlights the great value that the community places on the work of ambulance officers and indeed firefighters in serving the community at all times and in often dangerous and always trying circumstances. But it again highlights the importance of the government working with the union that represents ambulance officers, working with ambulance officers more broadly, to achieve this very significant outcome in work value and the increase in salary that flows from that, as well as the need to continue to invest in our ambulance service, and I am delighted that we have had such a strong response—230 applications—to the latest advertising round. It means we have a strong field to choose from and I look forward to seeing the results of that recruitment process.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, in regard to the original question concerning recruitment inside the Emergency Services Agency, when was the last recruitment round for the ACT Fire Brigade and when will the next round occur?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am not sure whether the question is relevant to the original question; nevertheless, for the sake of assisting the member, I have previously answered this in a question on notice during the estimates process. I will take the question on notice again and provide the answer again to the member.

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

Paper

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Report No 4/2010—Water Demand Management: Administration of Selected Initiatives, dated 29 June 2010.

Canberra plan—towards our second century

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development,


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