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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 61..


MR HARGREAVES: Chief Minister and Minister for Health, is the provision of provider numbers an influence on the number of GPs in a given area, and which government actually issues provider numbers?

Mrs Dunne: Could I seek your clarification, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

Mrs Dunne: On the issue of provider numbers, my understanding is that it is a federal responsibility. I am not sure that—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mrs Dunne: The question seemed to be about the provision of provider numbers, which is a federal responsibility. I am just wondering whether it is in order.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I asked the Minister for Health whether the provision of provider numbers impacted on the number of GPs in a given area and which government was actually the government responsible for issuing those provider numbers.

MR SPEAKER: I think the question is in order.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mrs Dunne, for your dorothy dixer. It has been most helpful. As Mrs Dunne has just shown, the issue around provider numbers, which actually allows GPs to practise and claim against Medicare, is a commonwealth responsibility. So she has just crossed the campaign that has been run by Mr Hanson and Mr Doszpot for the last three years, arguing that it is all the ACT government's fault. Well, here we have it—a split in the Liberal Party. Mrs Dunne knows that GPs are the responsibility of the commonwealth government. We have got it. We look forward to seeing it in Mr Hanson's press release around GPs when he next issues one.

ACT Policing—Belconnen police station

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Attorney-General, Minister Corbell, the minister responsible for police operations. My question relates to the Belconnen police station. Minister, could you update the Assembly, please, on the progress of the government to deliver a state-of-the-art Belconnen police station to the local community, and what environmental credentials does that building boast?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that in December last year I handed over the keys for the new $23.5 million


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