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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2599..


MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, given the admitted deliberate manipulation of emergency department data, are you still confident that we will meet federally set targets for reward funding?

MS GALLAGHER: I think I have answered that question. It is a variation on a theme. There are a couple of audits underway. I have not been briefed on those audits. They are being managed by the Treasurer.

Mr Hanson: Why is that?

MS GALLAGHER: Well, you know, Mr Hanson. Why are you asking a follow-up question? I did the right thing and stood aside on a potential of conflict of interest. That is why, Mr Hanson, and you know very well. If you have got anything more to say, stand up and say it instead of making snide interjections. At this point in time there is no evidence before me that we will not meet the commonwealth target for emergency department timeliness.

MR HANSON: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how can the commonwealth trust the health data being presented by the ACT given the deliberate manipulation of data?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not going to answer on behalf of the commonwealth. They will form their own views, but from my understanding of the work that is being done and the discussions that have been had with the commonwealth, they are comfortable with the process that is underway and we will provide all of the reports as necessary to the commonwealth to substantiate those audits once they have been completed.

Children and young people—children, youth and family support program

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and it relates to the children, youth and family support program. Minister, on 24 May the two peak bodies representing young people and families wrote to the ACT government. This letter, outlining serious concerns with the new model, called for an urgent consideration of the provision of further funding to the new program. Minister, do you agree with the peak bodies that the new children, youth and family support program framework has created serious service gaps for young people, with significant funding diverted from front-line services?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question. I did, like everyone in this place, receive a letter co-signed by the Youth Coalition and Families ACT, where they raised a number of concerns around the way we have reformed the children, youth and


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