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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . .

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MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what advice concerning the future provision of palliative care has been given to private aged-care facilities in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. Without knowing the context on which the member is basing his question, it is difficult for me to answer, so I will have to take some further advice from my directorate.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, in what settings is palliative care provided by ACT Health?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for his supplementary. The government, through ACT Health, has a range of contracts in place for the provision of palliative care services. Notably, we support the palliative care body here in the ACT. We provide outreach palliative care—that is, day respite palliative care services—in a number of community settings. Obviously we also support the provision of palliative care through the hospice and a number of other settings within the Canberra Hospital itself. So there are a range of palliative care settings.

In relation to the specific concerns that members are raising, I would be grateful if they could provide some further context to them so that I can investigate them. In any event, I will seek further advice from my directorate and provide it to the Assembly.

Gaming—administration

MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister. I refer to the first administrative arrangements released in 2015, dated 20 January, which state that you are responsible for racing and gaming regulation but that the Minister for Racing and Gaming is, however, still responsible for racing and gaming policy. Did you change the administrative orders as a result of the Minister for Racing and Gaming issuing the regulation regarding poker machines accepting $50 notes?

MR BARR: No. All regulatory functions have been consolidated within Access Canberra. That is a whole-of-government reallocation to separate the policy function and setting of policy from the regulatory task. Across government—food safety inspectors, liquor licensing, gambling regulation—all regulatory functions have been brought together within the Access Canberra entity. That will allow for a one-stop shop for those who seek regulatory approval from the ACT government.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, do you believe there is clarity, given that it is a relatively small portfolio area of government but having extremely important consequences that people in the industry may not be able to comprehend who is responsible for what aspects of the portfolio?


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