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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 1995) . . Page.. 1435 ..


MRS CARNELL: As I said, our first priority with the CMPs currently there is to keep them there if it is humanly possible. We said, in negotiations with those people, that we want them to stay as they often have patients that they have seen for many years. Our absolute minimum position with those people is that any patient who has any difficulty paying, for whatever reason, will be bulk-billed. Outside those CMPs who currently have patient loads in those health centres, all new GPs looking at coming to our health centres will be required to bulk-bill.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Landcare and Parkcare Groups

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I wish to provide some more information about a question I answered in question time. I indicated to Ms Horodny that I would give her more information about the Government's policy on volunteering, in particular in relation to environmental grants processes. I have announced an initiative in the last few months for joint training of community leaders and government agency managers offered by the ACT Parks and Conservation Service in collaboration with the Volunteer Centre of the ACT. It has been a complementary effort to improve the availability of skills for facilitating community participation involving staff at the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Forests, the ACT Office of the Environment, and City Parks. These staff will now be in a far better position to assist community groups to develop plans and programs.

We have also provided a grant - I do not have the amount available; I can provide that to Ms Horodny separately - for both operating and equipment to support the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers in providing assistance to a range of community Landcare projects. I had the pleasure of meeting with them a few weeks ago. Specialised equipment is also being provided to assist the trust to carry out its water maintenance program as part of Water Watch.

AUDITOR-GENERAL - REPORT NO. 4 OF 1995

Government Secondary Colleges

MR SPEAKER: I present, for the information of members, Auditor-General's Report No. 4 of 1995, “Government Secondary Colleges”.

Motion (by Mr Humphries), by leave, agreed to:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General's Report No. 4 of 1995.


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