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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1732..


MRS CROSS (continuing):

Chief Minister, I was at that meeting. I asked that question, and I reaffirm Mr Cornwell's assertion that the case manager advised me at that meeting, in front of 60 or 70 people, that a report would be out by the end of February reporting on the future of aged care accommodation in the ACT. In your response to Mr Cornwell, were you suggesting that your case manager for older persons accommodation at COTA misled the February 16 meeting, or are you implying that Mr Cornwell, I and people in attendance are making things up about the advice your case manager provided the meeting?

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. My understanding is that there is a notice in the notice paper from Mr Smyth addressing this issue in technicality terms. I ask your advice on whether this question is out of order because the content of Mr Smyth's motion goes to this type of issue, and I would be grateful for your ruling. If it is not out of order, I will be very happy; I am just cautious that it may be.

MR SPEAKER: What number did you refer to?

Mr Hargreaves: It is the motion put by Mr Smyth, which does not have a number. It is not on the notice paper printed here, but it was delivered before 12.30 today and it goes to that sort of issue.

Mrs Cross: So it's not on the notice paper!

Mr Hargreaves: It's on the notice paper.

Mr Smyth: It's not on the notice paper!

Mr Hargreaves: Yes, it is!

MR SPEAKER: If it's not on the notice paper, it's not an issue. Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: I thank you for the question, Mrs Cross. In the response I provided to a question from Mr Cornwell, I relied on the advice that was provided to me by the department. The response I gave was prepared, as I recall, by the department, and I gave it on that basis. Mrs Cross, I am more than happy to investigate the concerns you raise today. I am very impressed with the work that the aged care consultant, Mr Ross McKay, is doing liaising with all of those in the community sector that are involved in the provision of aged care.

You will be aware that Mr Corbell and I jointly released a new way forward for the identification of land for aged care facilities and proposals and processes for ensuring that we have development ready land available so that we can remove the delays in relation to the identification and provision of land for such facilities.

In addition to that, much of the activity that is undertaken throughout Canberra in relation to the expansion of aged care beds and aged care facilities is in existing facilities. There are issues about the capacity of some of those organisations to find their way through the planning system and structures to deal with the acquisition of land, and there are very technical matters that community organisations are not best placed to deal


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