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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . .

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Mr SMYTH: Minister, is the north Canberra subacute hospital yet another over-promised, underfunded and delayed piece of infrastructure that is symbolic of you and your government?

Mr CORBELL: It certainly was not a proposal that those opposite sought to in any way invest in or commit to. This Labor administration has taken the decision to invest in infrastructure that our community needs as it grows and as it ages.

Mr Hanson: This is a funded policy of the Liberal Party.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

Mr Hanson: He's misleading the Assembly, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Corbell. Stop the clock. Withdraw, please, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Would you stand up when you withdraw, please.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. Mr Corbell.

Mr CORBELL: This is a very important investment in health infrastructure—over 200 beds for subacute and rehabilitation services in our community to meet the needs of an ageing population, people with mental illness and those recovering from serious accident or surgery. That is the purpose of the facility. At the same time, by co-locating it on the University of Canberra campus, we will leverage the opportunities that come from the health research and health professional training that occurs at the University of Canberra. It will give investment opportunity and growth opportunity to our second largest tertiary institution. It will help create jobs in the health sector. It will help build on the knowledge-based economy that we as a government are trying to foster for this city. We are focused on the smart, knowledge-based jobs that our city needs. The University of Canberra public hospital, as well as being a critical piece of health infrastructure, is a critical part of the government strategy to support growth, innovation and jobs in the knowledge economy that our city so desperately needs.

Schools—nurses

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. In 1997 the education directorate developed a policy entitled "Administration of prescribed medication, catheters and injections for students". The policy did not apply to special schools where there is a registered nurse or other qualified health professional available. Is the policy still current and is it now applicable to special schools?

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister for education and minister—


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