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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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So we have a much better level of usability in terms of the customer and we have increased reliability in terms of revenue collection, which is important for the ratepayer in terms of making sure that machines are operating when they should and are able to accept payment when it is made.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will ACT parking inspectors be policing the parliamentary triangle?

MR CORBELL: No, they will not. The government has been in discussions with the National Capital Authority. They did ask the ACT government to put forward a proposal for their consideration. The National Capital Authority has determined not to engage the ACT government's parking inspection capability and instead is securing those services elsewhere.

Health—cancer treatment

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, today you opened the Capital Region Cancer Centre. Can you update the Assembly on what this new facility means for the people of the ACT and surrounding region who are being treated for cancer?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for her question and her ongoing interest in health facilities across the ACT. It was great today to officially open the Capital Region Cancer Service with Senator Zed Seselja representing the Hon Peter Dutton, the federal Minister for Health. This facility has been a long time in the planning and delivery stages and I have no doubt that it will be a very welcome addition to the health system for the people of the ACT and the surrounding region.

The Capital Region Cancer Centre is a purpose built facility designed to house the regional cancer service. The centre will provide comprehensive cancer care to the ACT community as well as to the southern New South Wales local health district.

The five-story building is an addition close to the existing radiation oncology building where the linear accelerator bunkers have been built in recent years. Overall, it offers 5,000 square metres of floor space. Senator Seselja and I just prior to question time were given a quick tour of the building. There is office space for clinical staff. There are purpose-built specially designed treatment spaces for people having day outpatient care such as chemotherapy.

There are places for bone marrow biopsies and, importantly, the focus of the centre is to collocate all the clinicians involved in cancer care into one place so that the services are wrapped around the patient rather than the patient having to go and visit one specialist and then another specialist and then go for another appointment in another part of the hospital.

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