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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2975..


MRS CARNELL: We have certainly issued a number of directives to ensure appropriate use of disposables within the hospital. As we know, under the Booz Allen recommendations, there was a suggestion that Woden Valley Hospital was overspending in the area of disposables. What we have asked nurses to do, within the realms of sensible infection control and so on, is to be as frugal as they can be, and that will continue to be the case.

MR CONNOLLY: Mr Speaker, Mrs Carnell never tables documents, but we are always happy to. I seek to table minutes of a meeting of the Emergency Department staff of 26 October 1995, which confirm that staffing levels will be reduced, that the roster of nursing staff has been reduced from 10 to eight in the mornings and that the paediatrics unit will be closed, and which confirm instructions for nursing staff to ease up on bandages and not use sterile bowls for burns dressings.

Leave granted.

Mr Humphries: Where does this come from?

Mrs Carnell: Another working party?

Mr Connolly: From your hospital.

Mr Kaine: Where did you steal that document from, Mr Connolly?

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I heard Mr Kaine imputing that Mr Connolly stole that document. Would you ask Mr Kaine to withdraw that statement.

MR SPEAKER: If you did, Mr Kaine, will you withdraw? I did not hear the comment, to be honest.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, it is a good question as to where he got it from, but I will withdraw the imputation of stealing.

Ainslie Transfer Station

MS HORODNY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico. I refer to the Minister's letter in the Canberra Times yesterday in which the Minister states that the Ainslie Transfer Station will be used as a vehicle depot and storage depot for road construction such as the Federal Highway upgrade. The transfer station itself is currently uncontaminated, although there is an old tip site further down the hill. Using the site as proposed by the Minister would contaminate the site and might limit its use in the future. Has the Department of Urban Services already completed all necessary ecological and contamination studies and gained Planning Authority approval for the conversion of that site into a roadworks depot?


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