Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .
MR BARR: I do not believe it is fair to draw that conclusion from the very small number of blocks at this point in time.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Chief Minister, why are the remediated blocks not having all of the soil removed as originally proposed?
MR BARR: Remediation meets the work health and safety requirements as outlined in legislation.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, why are the remediated blocks offered for sale not being sold with government assurances that all loose-fill asbestos has been removed?
MR BARR: The government is meeting all of its legal requirements.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, is there any potential for remediated blocks to still have loose-fill asbestos present? If not, why will you not provide those assurances to homebuyers?
MR BARR: I do not believe so, and the government is meeting all of its legal requirements.
MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Hinder, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of new graduates who are members of the ACT public service. Welcome to your Assembly and I hope you enjoy the budget.
Questions without notice
Canberra Hospital—emergency department
MR HINDER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the reforms underway in the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hinder for his question. As health minister I have made it clear that reform of the operations of the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital is one of my key priorities. We are undertaking this reform in three areas to improve timeliness and access to emergency department care for Canberrans.
The first is to focus on improving capacity. The government has funded in previous budgets a very significant expansion to the capacity of the emergency department. This is a $23 million program that is going to increase the number of beds and treatment spaces at the ED by approximately 30 per cent. That is a very big increase in the overall capacity.
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