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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 2798..


Mr Connolly: Yes, it does.

MRS CARNELL: No, it does not, Mr Connolly. What we are talking about is ensuring that the service and the expertise that we have are best used. I believe that, while we have in the ACT one of the best mammography screening services in Australia, we should be using it to maximum benefit. We have a very big mammography screening office or service in central Canberra. We plan to make sure that that is the mammography screening centre for Canberra.

Mr Connolly: It does not mean that patients will be referred from Woden to Civic?

MRS CARNELL: It does not mean that we are going to take people in ambulances from Woden. I can guarantee this will not happen, Mr Connolly. Nobody will be going in an ambulance into Civic, into central Canberra, to have a mammography screening. What we will do is ensure that, wherever possible, those sorts of services are centralised - not just because the equipment is very expensive, but because it means that we can use the expertise that we have to best effect.

Mr Connolly: Mr Speaker, I seek to table the departmental document which shows that there will be no mammography services at Woden and that patients will be required to be referred away from Woden Valley Hospital.

Leave granted.

Mrs Carnell: That is not true.

Mr Connolly: It is your document, Chief Minister. I believe that more than I believe you.

Mrs Carnell: I said no-one will be required to go in an ambulance, did I not?

Mr Connolly: Catch a bus. That is sneaky. You have been caught out. Weak and sneaky!

Public Accounts Committee

MR KAINE: If Mr Connolly will permit it, Mr Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Leader of the Opposition in her capacity as chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Ms Follett, I refer to the Hansard of 5 December, when the Public Accounts Committee's report on the Public Sector Management (Amendment) Bill was tabled. The Chief Minister said in that debate:

I find it fascinating that the committee did not even bother asking ... a number of people from the States who have had an extraordinary amount of experience in this sort of area.


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