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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2521 ..


Mrs Carnell: What about your promise? Three centres and 350 clients.

MR BERRY: Mrs Carnell carps, "Three centres and 350 clients". What is new from Mrs Carnell? The fact of the matter is that we expected it to be contained within the public system and you ensured that pharmacies would be involved, and pharmacies will be involved.

Mrs Carnell: But they are not now, are they?

MR BERRY: They will be involved, in accordance with the legislation. That is up to them.

Ms Follett: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Madam Speaker.

Answers to Questions Without Notice

MS FOLLETT: I would like to give the answers to some questions taken on notice. I think that at least some of them illustrate the problems that members opposite are having in making assumptions on the Federal budget figures.

Mr Humphries asked me a question regarding the impact of what he saw as a cut in Commonwealth assistance to the ACT for health. The short answer to Mr Humphries's question, Madam Speaker, is that the asbestos program was included in health. That program has ceased. No funding was sought by us from the Commonwealth and none has been given. Once you take out the asbestos program, I think you will find that we expect to get a little more for health than we did last year.

Mr Cornwell asked me a question related to education. The answer to Mr Cornwell is that the figures in those budget papers are preliminary figures. The discussions taking place between officials have confirmed, I am advised, that funding for general government schooling will increase in 1993-94.

Mr De Domenico asked me a question about roads funding for the ACT. I will table all of these answers, Madam Speaker; but the short answer to Mr De Domenico, as I said yesterday, is that much of that funding related to the untying of grants and also to some particular programs which are over, including the black spot program. I will table those answers.

On 16 June Mrs Carnell asked me a question relating to the publication This Week in Canberra. Madam Speaker, I have provided an answer to that but I do not believe that I have tabled it. I table that as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: I believe that the Chief Minister would like the answers incorporated in Hansard. Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Documents incorporated at Appendix 1.


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