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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (17 September) . .

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MR COE: Minister, why is there going to be a six-week delay between the public announcement for light rail and the supporting documentation?

MR CORBELL: For the reasons I outlined yesterday.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I want to be able to hear Mr Smyth. Mr Coe!

MR SMYTH: Minister, will the government be making another bid to Infrastructure Australia for commonwealth funding now that the business case is complete?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. We would if the federal Liberal government had indicated any interest in urban rail projects. The facts are that Tony Abbot has said to all the states and territories he would not support urban rail projects. This is a shameful position on the part of the Canberra Liberals because all they are interested in doing is building more roads, more highways, more tollways, but they are not interested in investing in public transport for the public.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, does the full business case include consideration of other modes of public transport or just light rail?

MR CORBELL: For the same reasons I outlined yesterday, the government is releasing the business case on 31 October and we will not be pre-empted in relation to the detail within the business case ahead of that release.

ACT Ambulance Service—case management system

MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, the ACT Ambulance Service uses an electronic case management system called VACIS. I understand that the ACT Ambulance Service uses version 2.2 of VACIS. Many of the other Australian jurisdictions are now using version 3.0. More than two weeks ago ACTAS attempted to upgrade the ACTAS system and the upgrade failed, forcing our paramedics to return to less efficient paper record-keeping systems. Minister, why did this happen?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. As to whether or not the claims made by Mr Smyth are accurate, I will have to seek verification of this. I will take the question on notice and provide a further answer to the member.

MR SMYTH: Before I ask a supplementary, Madam Speaker, I am happy to table the ACT Ambulance Service clinical education notice, for the education of the minister, entitled "VACIS EPCR printing issues".


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