Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4538..
included deaths attributed to Clostridium difficile infection. The San Francisco Department of Health concluded that the inclusion of cases of this illness in calculating deaths attributable to food borne illness invalidates the study's conclusions regarding death rates.
ACT Health has confirmed that the comments made by Professor Hugh Pennington in October 2013, as noted in News.com.au, offer no new evidence to suggest that there is a link between reusable bags and food borne illness.
As I stated in the Assembly, the Government would be very cautious about issuing advice to consumers based on out of context comments included in a short news.com.au news article without undertaking further analysis of the concerns raised.
Disability services—respite care
Ms Burch (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Wall on Wednesday, 27 November 2013): In response to the Member's questions, I can inform the Assembly.
The Request for Tender Documentation - 23236.110 - Respite Service for People with Disability includes estimated costs to operate each Centre Based Respite Service. Estimated costs were based on the operational costs and rosters used by Disability ACT translated to relevant Awards and other costs. Sample rosters used by Disability ACT were included in the tender document.
Examples of estimated costs include: salary on-costs; administration; overheads; food; vehicles; toys; loose furniture; training and professional development. Estimated costs are based on the number of available beds, operating 354 nights per year and offset by the expected contribution from residents or their families.
Hughes Respite has slightly higher expenses in salaries and wages (including food, vehicles and administration) which are offset by higher contribution rates for adults over 21 years (currently $25.20 per night) and lower contributions for children under 16 years (currently $5.80 per night). Final funding allocations were rounded to provide a modest contingency.
An open tender process allows each respondent to make a submission based on the funding allocation. A respondent is able to submit an alternative bid with a different funding allocation in addition to their conforming submission. They are able to do so. All potential respondents with questions must refer those questions to the contact officer for the tender. Their contact details are available at www.procurement.act.gov.au while the tender is open.
Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Doszpot on Tuesday, 29 October 2013): Yes, I have had one meeting in 2013 with individuals who objected to the Giralang proposal.