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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (24 September) . .

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(e) a Women in Emergency Services Strategy is currently under development to improve the attraction, development and retention of women in emergency services;

(f) there are several enterprise bargaining agreements in the ACT currently being finalised, including for the ACT Ambulance Service. Agreement has been reached in principle and no concerns have been expressed by the relevant stakeholders; and

(g) the Government will be proposing important amendments to the Emergencies Act 2004 to ensure effective co-ordination and accountability of the ESA Commissioner and ESA Chief Officers to ensure co-ordinated emergency responses; and

(2) further notes that the Government has committed to a number of initiatives since 2012-13 to support our emergency services, including:

(a) $18.867 million for the development and delivery of the West Belconnen co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station;

(b) $17.95 million for the South Tuggeranong Fire & Rescue Station;

(c) $20.852 million for the Aranda co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station;

(d) $7.401 million for the Territory Radio Network and Computer Aided Dispatch Replacement Program;

(e) $9.524 million for stage two of the ACTAS Sustainable Front Line Resourcing Model;

(f) $3.463 million for the replacement of ESA Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillators;

(g) $2.223 million for vehicle replacement;

(h) $19.298 million in ESA base funding (including funding for workers' compensation premium);

(i) $17.266 million over four years to supplement Commonwealth Fire Payment funding; and

(j) $4.087 million for ACT Fire & Rescue Platform on Demand staffing.".

Mr Smyth's motion today relates to culture in the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and matters dealing with the proposed work associated with integration into the ESA, the commissioner's powers and enterprise bargaining. Mr Smyth asserts all of these things as fact but so many of the elements of his motion today are just wrong. They are just false. I do not whether he deludes himself into believing them to be true or whether he is lying. I am not sure which one it is—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, the minister knows the forms and he should withdraw.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Withdraw, please, Mr Corbell.


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