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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1942..


MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to see if I can provide that on notice. There are only a select number of staff that can do that. I am happy to provide information as long as it does not necessarily disclose the names of individuals that are currently going through an investigation process.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, how long do emergency department records in relation to waiting times remain open for entry of data, validation and/or alterations?

MS GALLAGHER: I understand that until Saturday, 21 April they were open for three days. That has been changed to one day. The reason they were open for three days was to allow for weekends and public holidays. If any data adjustments need to be made, that has been changed to one day.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, can you explain to the Assembly why Mr Roth was advised by Ms Jackson the waiting time was an hour and 40 minutes despite his actual wait being three hours?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not in a position at this point in time to do so.

Targeted assistance strategy

MS PORTER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you recently released the final report on the targeted assistance strategy which you commissioned in November last year. Can you please advise the Assembly why this work was commissioned and the outcome of the work, and are you aware of any alternative views?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. It is a very important issue to be discussing in the Assembly—how we provide assistance to those people who need an extra helping hand.

I would at the beginning like to acknowledge the effort that went into this work by the panel chair, Gordon Ramsay; by Carmel Franklin from Care Financial Counselling; and also by Sandra Lambert, the former chief executive of the Community Services Directorate.

This strategy has been developed really to make sure that all of our assistance that is provided, whether it be through concessions or other means, is targeted to those who need it the most. This report came with 34 recommendations across 11 areas of government, business and the community sector, to consider how we can better target our assistance. It does include things like the ones we discussed yesterday—health, notably dental; housing; concessions; utilities; transport; and education and training.


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