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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 760..


Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are now warned. I have just asked for silence. Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: In a small jurisdiction such as the ACT there are special challenges. We have just one jail in which all our remandees and sentenced detainees are placed. We have a detainee community who know each other far too well. But a small jurisdiction also has special benefits. Small but innovative programs can be more quickly introduced into jurisdictions such as ours. These programs can impact dramatically on the lives of participants to turn things around for them.

In a small jurisdiction we can see that change more readily. These changes not only benefit detainees but also their families. Sadly, Corrective Services is an area of government administration that has a long history of interaction with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is interaction that reflects the difficult elements of the history of our country.

Having said that, Corrective Services is an area where people of goodwill can achieve so much in improving the lives of those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who come into their care. There is great potential for agencies and people to work together to make a real and lasting change in these lives. For me, this is a non-negotiable goal of my service.

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Hospitals—waiting times

MS GALLAGHER: Last week Mr Hanson asked me a question around the national elective surgery targets, and I took it on notice. There are two sections relating to the performance payments, one with two subsections. Under part 1 of the national elective surgery target, the funding is around $340,000 per year for five years from 2012 to 2016, being $1.7 million in total. The reward funding for parts 2a and 2b is around $340,000 per year for four years from 2012 to 2015 and approximately $240,000 in 2016, for a total of around $1.6 million. The Health Directorate has established robust processes and oversight work that will facilitate the achievement of these targets.

Planning—draft variation 306

MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Ms Le Couteur asked me a question about the operation of interim effect when it comes to draft variation 306 to the territory plan. Yesterday, in response to a question from Ms Le Couteur, I gave a response based on my understanding of the situation at the time, but indicated that I would need to seek further advice on the matter. I would now like to provide that advice and to clarify that the interim effect currently applying to specified provisions of draft variation 306 will end on the day when the earliest of any of the following


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