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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2727..


MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I am at a loss to decide whether Mr Stefaniak is being snowed by the department or kept in the dark. What I am trying to get at here is some facts, not words like "appropriate". Can the Minister explain what is the appropriate staffing level which he is funding and which he has guaranteed will be there for students from schools like Malkara who are attending the holiday program? What measures are you taking to ensure, and what assurances are you giving, that all children attending the holiday program from these schools will have adequate and proper supervision?

MR STEFANIAK: As I indicated yesterday, the Government is providing funding to cover - - -

Mr Humphries: We will not let them run riot.

Mr Whitecross: You have not indicated anything.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let the Minister answer the question.

MR STEFANIAK: As I indicated yesterday, the Government is providing funding to ensure that we have the proper number of staff to look after these students. We are waiting to see whether 60 places will be taken up. I indicated yesterday, and I indicate - - -

Mr Whitecross: What is that proper number?

Mr Connolly: What is the proper number?

MR STEFANIAK: Sixty places will be taken up. I indicated yesterday, and I indicate again, that we will have available the requisite number of appropriate workers for the children concerned.

Mr Connolly: What is that requisite number?

Mr Whitecross: What is the requisite number? Do you know anything?

MR STEFANIAK: A lot more than you do, pal.

Hospitals - Waiting Lists

MR HIRD: The natives are very restless. Throw them a bit of wheat. My question is directed to the Chief Minister in her capacity as Minister for Health and Community Care. I refer to the Government's decision in the September budget to provide funding for additional elective surgery in ACT public hospitals. Can the Minister advise the parliament how this will impact upon the Territory's long waiting lists?

Mr Berry: That is a good question!


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