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hopefully, will not have anything to do, who are involved in that fairly major blaze. It is worth while for people to just reflect on it for the moment, I think.

I would like to raise one other issue, which is serious as well but for individuals. Yesterday I was accused of disinformation or misinformation about the hydrotherapy pool at Royal Canberra Hospital South. Today I would just like to draw attention to a letter that was sent to Mr Humphries on 8 February. It talks about a patient who uses the services provided at Royal Canberra Hospital South. Mr Humphries was not able to put to rest the rumour that the closure of the pool was imminent. These people are very concerned about it because it does provide a service for people who are in some difficulty in their lives - people who are significantly worse off than anybody in this place. I think they deserve to have any rumours of the closure of that facility put to rest. They need to be assured by the Government that the hydrotherapy pool and the facilities there will be available for the foreseeable future.

I do not think this matter needs much explanation. People who are disabled need the therapy provided there. They are in need of the service and should continue to get it. In this adjournment debate I call on the Minister to put to rest any speculation that the pool might close. If he can do that I am sure I will be very happy to advise my constituent of his denial that the pool would close.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Berry. Just before we proceed, Mr Humphries, following on from Mr Berry's statement on the fire, the Police and Fire Brigade have advised that the following streets are closed: Parkes Way, Clunies Ross Drive, Lady Denman Drive and Barry Drive.

Hydrotherapy Pool

MR HUMPHRIES (Minister for Health, Education and the Arts) (4.49): Mr Speaker, I have to respond to Mr Berry's comments.

Mr Berry: I just quoted from a letter, Gary. It is a letter to you, by the way.

MR HUMPHRIES: A letter from me?

Mr Berry: No, it is a letter to you.

MR HUMPHRIES: Fine. I look forward with interest to reading Mr Berry's letter but - - -

Mr Berry: No, it is a letter from a constituent to you. I was sent a copy as well.

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