Page 4157 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 23 October 1991

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MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I think members would be aware that the draft Territory Plan is being widely advertised. It can be seen in various shopping centres around the town. Inspection copies have been placed in the eight district libraries. Copies have also been lodged with a number of other libraries, such as the National Library and the university libraries.

If people wish to acquire copies of the draft plan, and the written statement, these will be on sale at a purchase price of $10, and the accompanying planning report will also be available at a price of $10. I think that is a reasonable price to ask. The Planning Authority is obviously spending a good deal of money in its necessary commitment to consult the ACT community, and I think that price is quite reasonable.

MR MOORE: I ask a supplementary question for the purpose of clarification. My understanding is that community groups such as the Belconnen Community Council, the Conservation Council and residents associations will not have access to copies of the Territory Plan at no cost. Can you clarify that?

MR WOOD: I will check that out for you, Mr Moore. I do not have that information. They may have to pay for copies, but they are obviously important groups in the community. Let me give the matter some consideration.

After Hours Crisis Service

MRS GRASSBY: My question is directed to Mr Berry, the Minister for Health. Are the claims that the Minister is going to cut the after hours crisis service true?


MRS GRASSBY: I have a supplementary question. Do the statements by Mr Humphries have an impact on the Mental Health Act?

MR BERRY: This supplementary question requires a detailed answer. Of course, what in effect has happened in relation to this matter is that the Liberals have targeted the mentally ill at a most inappropriate time. It is a great shame that what the former Minister has done will impact on the provision of services for the mentally ill.

Allegations by the Liberal health spokesman of cuts to the after hours crisis service constitute what I would describe as a sick campaign designed to frighten people with mental illness. Under Labor, there will be no cuts to the 24-hour crisis service. The crisis service is being evaluated under a review set up in April this year when Mr Humphries was Minister, and it is gross hypocrisy, Mr Speaker, for Mr Humphries to now attack that review.

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