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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2844 ..


Authority. The act does not contain any power for the Planning and Land Authority to reject a consideration application unless the proposed development is in a prohibited category.

The proposal for 44 Curtin Place will be considered against the current provisions applicable to the site, which allows the development for a mixed use apartment building. Due to the considerable interest in this proposed development, the application has been notified by ACTPLA for public consultation for an extended period. Regardless of whether the development proposal has been notified for the first time or as a reconsideration, the rules of the Territory Plan still apply. There is no difference. The independent Planning and Land Authority will undertake the same assessment.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, given your answer, will you be reviewing the reconsideration process in the Planning and Development Act, which currently requires no public consultation and appears to allow new plans that are totally different from the old ones?

MR GENTLEMAN: The Planning and Development Act does require the authority to consult with all parties that have previously made representations to the development application. Furthermore, in following the process set out in the act, the independent Planning and Land Authority has publicly notified the reconsideration application for an extended period. Finally, the whole point of a reconsideration is for the plans to have changed. A development proposal that had not changed would likely not be successful if it had already been rejected.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, have you been advised of the recent—I have read the wrong question; my apologies.

My question is still to the minister for health, though. Evidence given during estimates, on 21 June 2018, revealed that the training and accreditation of the medical imaging department at the Canberra Hospital was recommended to be downgraded from an A status to a D status. Minister, what are the reasons for the recommended downgrade from an A status to a D status?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Hanson for asking the right question. Late last week, ACT Health received the final accreditation report, which they have three months to respond to. In broad terms, I understand that much of this accreditation downgrade was due to matters relating to the working environment and relationships amongst staff but, in the meantime, since the college of radiologists were at ACT Health, a number of actions have been taken.

These include that Canberra Hospital has appointed two new directors of training who are prepared to work well together to meet the college recommendations. ACT Health has also advertised widely for two new radiologists at a national and local level. The directors of training have implemented a formal teaching program which will align with the curriculum, and the four first-year trainees have commenced completion of


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