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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (2 March) . . Page.. 478..

MR WOOD (continuing):

We have been talking to universities. As a help, the University of Canberra will shortly expand the range of courses that it provides. In respect of autism, specialist staff are coming down from New South Wales to help work on our waiting list, which is certainly too long. We are endeavouring, through a range of circumstances, to overcome the difficulties caused by the shortage of professional workers.

MS DUNDAS: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. The 2003-04 budget had a target of 53,500 hours of therapy services to be delivered by June 2004. Do you believe you will be able to reach this target? If not, what other relief services are being offered to support children who need to access these therapy services?

MR WOOD: I cannot tell you offhand whether that target can be reached. Given that the positions funded are in access of the positions we have been able to fill, it may be difficult to do so. We continue to work with schools and with health services and, with the services we offer, are working diligently across all areas to overcome the problems that may emerge if people are not able to get the services that they need.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): Pursuant to section 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 I present the following contracts:

Short-term contracts:

Geoff Keogh, dated 12 February 2004

Andrew Rice, dated 30 January 2004

Yvonne Kachel, dated 29 January 2004

Susan Hall, dated 4 February 2004

Schedule D variations:

Joanne Howard, dated 4 February 2004

Michael Bateman, dated 2 February 2004

Aidan O'Leary, dated 4 February 2004

Garrick Calnan, dated 22 January 2004

Paul Lewis, dated 20 January 2004

Peter Kowald, dated 4 February 2004

Yvonne Kachel, dated 16 February 2004

Lynette Allan, dated 28 January 2004

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to those contracts.

Leave granted.

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