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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3484..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what message does engaging high-paid executives without performance agreements and without contracts send to the lower paid staff in your directorates?

MR CORBELL: I think that everyone in the public service and perhaps everyone else in this place, except the Liberal Party, understands what the circumstances are arising from this administrative failing and they recognise that steps are being taken to appropriately address it.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: What have you done to ensure that this mismanagement of issuing executive contracts and non-compliance with the public service management act in your directorates does not continue?

MR CORBELL: The Chief Minister has written to all ministers reminding ministers to remind their directorates to take appropriate steps to ensure that the relevant provisions are abided by. I have communicated that message to my directors-general.

Health—infrastructure

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the investment made to date in the health infrastructure program and the major achievements of the program?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Dr Bourke for the question, and yes, I can. The health infrastructure program is a very significant commitment from the government to a large program of capital works which is essential for the ACT to deliver health services required not just for the people of the ACT but for the region as well. That health infrastructure program involves the redevelopment and expansion of all aspects of the ACT health system and is the largest capital works project undertaken in the history of the territory since self-government. At its end the health infrastructure program will deliver a coordinated and integrated framework for health services in the territory, provided as close as possible to where people live and in the most appropriate and safe location. So far a total of $756.3 million has been appropriated to the health infrastructure program by the ACT and commonwealth governments.

Since the program was first announced ACT Health is proceeding on two main fronts: implementing a range of early projects and finalising the planning for the full form and scope of the health infrastructure program. Within this framework a number of important projects have already been completed, including many improvements to services and facilities at the Canberra Hospital campus. Since the program's commencement the government has delivered a number of key projects, including additional operating theatres, additional beds, the mental health assessment unit, the walk-in centre, the PET and CT suite at the Canberra Hospital, the neurosurgery suite and the surgical assessment and planning unit, the intensive care at Calvary hospital,


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