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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1637..


The total number of people that were referred to the Emergency Department for treatment following assessment by a nurse, as at the end of February 2011 was 729. This includes referrals to the Canberra Hospital, Calvary and Queanbeyan Hospital.

d) The total number of people that were referred to a general practitioner for treatment following assessment by a nurse, as at the end of February 2011 was 2,379.

e) The mean waiting time between presentation at the clinic, and consultation with a nurse as at the end of February 2011 was 37 minutes.

Labor Party—electoral commitments (Question No 1519)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2011 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) In relation to ACT Treasury's Summary of Labor Election Commitments dated 17 October 2008, has the Government implemented its 2008 election commitment in relation to establishing a mortgage relief fund; if not, why not; if so, for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (b) the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what work was undertaken towards delivery of this commitment and how much was spent on that work.

(2) For (a) the period 1 January to 30 June 2011 and (b) 2011-12, what work projects and programs are planned to be undertaken towards delivery of this commitment and how much money is committed for each project or program.

(3) If actual and committed expenditure for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12 did not equate to the Treasury costings for each year, why not.

(4) What evaluation has been undertaken of the implementation of this program and can the Minister provide a copy of this evaluation.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

I refer the Member to pages 9 to 12 of the Transcript of Evidence of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Reference: Annual and financial reports 2009-2010) dated 4 November 2010, in which the issues raised are discussed in detail.

(1) The Commitment was implemented in 2009, with the Mortgage Relief Fund commencing on 9 October 2009. The implementation costs were absorbed by Treasury and no additional funding was provided. Treasury commissioned a paper from the ANU's Centre for Commercial Law at a cost of $5,000. This expenditure was incurred in 2008 09.

(2) Refer to response to question 1 above; the initiative has been implemented. No further projects or programs are planned in this regard.


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