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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5723..


Answers to questions on notice

Question No 1889

MS HUNTER: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Minister for Community Services in relation to unanswered question 1889 regarding annual review reports in the Children and Young People Act.

MS BURCH: I apologise for that. I did sign off a few, but I will track it down and make sure it gets to you in the next day or so.

Question No 1885

MS BRESNAN: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development as to why question on notice 1885 has not yet been answered.

MR CORBELL: I apologise to Ms Bresnan for the delay. This question is in relation to the transport for Canberra plan. The question was a very large multipart question that has required coordination across a number of government agencies to deliver the answers Ms Bresnan was seeking. That has taken longer than usual. Unfortunately, it was necessary to take that time. The question is now with my office for final signature. I expect it will be provided to her shortly.

Personal explanation

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, I seek your leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 56.

MR SPEAKER: Is this in relation to the earlier question?

MR HANSON: Yes, it is.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: During question time it got quite heated. Some barbs were thrown across the chamber, including some accusations from the health minister that essentially I was myself making accusations that information was being doctored or manipulated by ACT Health officials.

It is important for me to point out that this is not any attack on anyone's integrity or implication that health staff are doing the wrong thing. This is drawn from the fact that earlier this year we had an Auditor-General's report that made findings in relation to elective surgery where issues were raised and the minister continually denied that there were problems with the way that health information was being presented and reported. The Auditor-General found:

Current practices in compiling the waiting lists have compromised the policy intention of promoting clinically appropriate, consistent and equitable management of elective surgery waiting lists. In particular, downgrades of


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