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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 3817..


MS GALLAGHER: There will be some costs associated with this case. My understanding is those costs will be relatively modest. It will, of course, require funds for the engagement of counsel and then there will be costs of appearing in court. There has not been a specific allocation within the Government Solicitor's Office for this. We see it as a normal course of business. If a law of the parliament that has been passed by this place is being challenged and has to undergo legal proceedings, then it is not unusual that the government would allocate resources to support that defence.

ACT Ambulance Service—cardiac monitors

MR COE: I have a question for the minister for emergency services. Minister, what type of procurement process was used in the government's $3.8 million purchase of the 56 MRx monitors?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take a punt on this one, not having been involved in the procurement of it, but I would imagine it would be the standard procurement process that applies across government. If that is incorrect, I will come back and correct the record.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, was the accuracy and stability of the monitors a criterion for considering the MRx monitors?

MS GALLAGHER: Can you repeat that, sorry, Mr Coe?

MR COE: Sure. It was a question about the accuracy and stability of the monitors. Was that a criterion for considering the monitors chosen?

MS GALLAGHER: I imagine the good operation and functioning of the monitors and defibrillators was a requirement of the procurement process. Again, I may need to update the Assembly. I was not involved closely with the procurement process. I do not want to mislead the Assembly, but I know that, whilst they might not go to that specific detail, there are requirements to deliver operationally satisfying machines as part of the procurement process.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what other monitors were considered for this procurement, and why were they not successful?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to come back to the Assembly on that one. I do not believe it was a single select process. I imagine it was open to the market, but I will come back and update the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.


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