Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2469..
Rudolph Giuliani visit
MRS CROSS: My question is to Mr Corbell in his capacity as Minister for Health. Minister, in the Canberra Times today it is reported that the former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, will visit Canberra in August on a fundraiser for the paediatric unit at the Canberra Hospital. It is understood that he will include a tour of Canberra suburbs devastated by the January firestorm. Mr Giuliani is being brought to Australia for a number of fundraisers by celebrity agent Max Markson.
Minister, can you confirm that the former mayor of New York will be visiting Canberra? Is the Canberra Hospital paying a fee to Mr Markson to bring Giuliani to raise funds for the paediatric unit? What is that fee?
MR CORBELL: I cannot speak for Mr Markson; nor can I speak for Mr Giuliani. I cannot confirm whether he is coming to Canberra. I do not know; it is the first I have heard of it. I am happy to clarify the situation in relation to fundraising that may or may not be undertaken by the hospital. I will take that question on notice and endeavour to provide an answer to Mrs Cross before close of business today.
MRS CROSS: I have a supplementary question. Minister, are you saying that the ACT government has not been approached by Max Markson or his company, Markson Sparks, to sponsor the visit of the former New York mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, to Canberra?
MR CORBELL: I am not aware of any approach made to the ACT government. Whether my colleagues are is a matter for them. As the Minister for Health, I am not aware of any approach made to the ACT government for a fundraising event at Canberra Hospital.
Legal age for entering retirement units
MR CORNWELL: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, I refer to a recent announcement that Planning and Land Management had entered the age discrimination business by restricting the sale of new accommodation at the St Anne's convent site in Campbell to people aged 60 and over, rather than 55 years.
You are quoted in the Canberra Times on Thursday, 5 June as saying that PALM was in the process of developing guidelines for supportive housing but they were yet to be finalised.
Minister, why is PALM ignoring the community needs assessment about aged care needs in relation to this site? Why have you applied undeveloped guidelines to the developer of the St Anne's site?
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I don't believe we have. The situation in relation to the proponent of St Anne's is that they have sought advice from PALM as to the proposal in relation to supported housing. They were told that guidelines are being developed and what PALM's view was, at that time. So they are aware of progress on that.