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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1565 ..

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (12.41), in reply: I thank members for their contributions to the debate. A wide variety of issues were covered, most of which have been responded to comprehensively, either in my tabling statement or through the comments from Ms Le Couteur. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 12: Mr Barr Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 9: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Mr Milligan Mr Parton Mr Wall

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.46 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—waiting times

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, I refer to an FOI request published online showing that one-third of paediatric patients are waiting longer than clinically recommended for elective surgery. The government's target is zero per cent of people waiting longer than the clinically recommended time. Why are one-third of paediatric patients waiting longer than clinically recommended times for elective surgery?

MS FITZHARRIS: Because they have not yet been able to access elective surgery. But as I outlined in my statement earlier today, the government's $6.4 million investment this year to complete additional elective surgeries in this current financial year includes a focus on adult and paediatric general surgery.

MR COE: Minister, what information have you received from your directorate about the effects of long wait times for paediatric surgery on the health and development of these children?

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