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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1855..


It is important to note that this does not mean that the total number of presentations at emergency departments has fallen by anything like that number. There are many

factors that affect the number of presentations at emergency departments, including the availability of after-hours GP services and the number of GPs bulk billing patients. It is not possible to determine precisely what effect the Health First service has had on emergency department presentations.

The Government negotiates a promotional budget with Health First each year, but promotional campaigns are conducted by Health First, not by the Government. The last promotion campaign conducted by Health First began in January 2003 and is continuing.

There are no specific plans at present to embark on a new campaign. Negotiations for funding promotions for the coming financial year are expected to commence soon.

Playground Safety Program

(Question No 683)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the current status of Playground Safety Program:

In relation to the Playground Safety Program and further to your reply to Question on notice no. 577 where you provided a detailed package list of playgrounds still to be improved, will packages 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 be completed by the end of the 2002-03 financial year, if not, why not and will the funds be rolled over into 2003-04.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

Packages 2 and 3 will be completed 2002/03 financial year. Packages 4 and 5 will be completed early in 2003/04 financial year. Package 6 is programmed for completion mid to late 2003/04 financial year.

The construction program for these packages is spread over the two financial years 2002/03 and 2003/04 to co-ordinate with funding authorisation.

Tourism-television commercial

(Question No 688)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 8 May 2003.

In relation to the promotion of the National Capital through a new tourism commercial and further to Question on Notice 554, was any consideration given to the running the advertisement further abroad in areas of Queensland, Victoria or elsewhere, if so can details of that consideration be provided in response to this question, if not, why.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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