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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2200 ..


The bill will help protect the ACT community from public health harms by supporting its health professional workforce, ensuring patient privacy rights remain protected and, most importantly, protecting our community.

I would like to thank all members for supporting it. I also thank ACT Health staff. I particularly acknowledge the work and the patience of the coronial reform group represented in the chamber here today. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.41 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Budget—health funding

MR COE: I have a question for the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, the combined figures for the Health Directorate and the ACT Local Hospital Network in the appropriation bill for 2018-19 compared to the appropriation act for 2017-18 show that the recurrent expenditure appropriations decrease by $4.8 million. Minister, how will a decreased appropriation fund the expense initiatives for 2018-19?

MS FITZHARRIS: Overall, the investment in ACT Health has gone up this year. I do not have the papers in front of me. I will take the specific question on notice.

MR COE: Minister, in light of this decreased appropriation, where will additional funding be coming from?

MS FITZHARRIS: The ACT budget.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how will a decreased appropriation provide growing health services for our growing city?

MS FITZHARRIS: The ACT health budget is growing.

Greyhound racing—transition package

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for gambling and racing and relates to the greyhound transition scheme. Minister, what is the eligibility for people to be retrained or otherwise assisted under the scheme? How many have been assisted and how much money has been spent on this?


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