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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . .

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MR CORBELL: It is the equivalent of 58,000 additional elective surgeries. Those opposite can laugh at the impact that this will have on elective surgery rates, but the facts speak for themselves. We have $600 million less over the next decade for our hospitals as a result of the Abbott-Turnbull government budget cuts. So we are going to continue to focus as a government on improving service delivery. We are going to continue to see more people get the elective surgery they need in the time that they need it. But those opposite should—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR CORBELL: if they are seriously concerned about elective surgery, be saying to their federal counterparts, "Reverse the cuts."

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR CORBELL: Mr Hanson should be out there telling the Prime Minister to stop the cuts on ACT hospitals. (Time expired.)

Ms Barr: Madam Speaker, now that the Leader of the Opposition has calmed down, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Disability services—Therapy ACT

DR BOURKE: I rise to provide some more clarification to Mr Doszpot's supplementary regarding disability services. From 2016 this year ACT government services for children at risk of developmental delays will be delivered through a new service that coordinates services from the Health, Education and Training, and Community Services directorates. The child development service will have a focus on early identification, screening and assessment of children nought to six years, children seven to eight years with complex needs who have not had a previous diagnosis, and autism assessment to age 12 years.

Some time-limited intervention will be available for children not eligible for the NDIS. This includes developing kids playgroups, therapy programs and referral to mainstream services such as child and family services. Families concerned about their child's development can be reassured that they will continue to have access to advice and expertise through attending a speech pathology or physiotherapy drop-in clinic or through ringing the intake line at the child development service.

Trade unions—royal commission

MR GENTLEMAN: I have some information in regards to the question Mr Smyth put to me earlier about the royal commission on trade unions. There were two matters


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