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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1699..


MS HUNTER: Minister, will additional weighting also be put on social enterprises which are local or regional?

MR BARR: If they are local or regional, they will be supported through these new guidelines.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, when will the "buy local"social media campaign commence?

MR BARR: As soon as possible.

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Chief Minister. In the briefing provided to Mr Hanson on 26 April 2012 the Health Director-General stated that the emergency department data for the first quarter of this year had been amended and submitted to the commonwealth. Minister, why won't you release this data to the public?

MS GALLAGHER: We have, in a sense. It is the first reporting of the NEAT data, which is the national emergency access target, which is to be seen within four hours. We have a target. It is clear what the target is. That is all information that has been made public. That target is, I think, 64 per cent by the end of 2012. The amended data indicated a two per cent change to that. We were sitting on 59 per cent. The amended data over a three-month period was 57 per cent. My understanding is that that has been provided to the commonwealth for their validation processes to occur. It is similar to us providing information to the AIHW.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Minister, it was stated in the briefing that the Health quarterly report, which contains data beyond just emergency departments, will now be delayed. Why are you hiding further information from the community?

MS GALLAGHER: So this morning I am beaten up for releasing information that it turns out has some data that needs to be corrected.

Mr Coe: It's about integrity, Katy.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe!

MS GALLAGHER: I have plenty of integrity, Mr Coe—plenty more than you.

Opposition members interjecting—


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