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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 951..

and will this translate to capital funding to allow for an expansion; if not, why not, given there is a high demand for more hospice type beds in the ACT.

Mr Corbell

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

The current trend and preference for palliative care patients in the ACT is for home based services. Over the past 3 years the average number of people being cared for at home has more than doubled. There is a small waiting list and in general the wait is less than 24 hours for access to a bed at Clare Holland House.

Palliative Care Australia and the ACT Palliative Care Society are also supportive of comprehensive community services to provide for the needs of those requiring palliative care as well as an inpatient facility.

Sports Centre Australia

(Question No 905)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Economic Development and Business, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) In relation to Belconnen Pool, was Sports Centre Australia awarded the grant without the required binding letter about finance from ANZ and did it allegedly misrepresent its approved finances; if so, (a) when did the ACT Government discover this information and (b) when and what steps did the ACT Government take;

(2) Did Sports Centre Australia change its finances after it was awarded the tender and what reason did it give for this;

(3) If Sports Centre Australia did change its finances after it was awarded the tender, was it allowed to do so under the contract with the ACT Government;

(4) Did the ACT Government believe at any time that Sports Centre Australia did not meet its request for tender or contract requirements; if so, what steps did the ACT Government take to rectify the situation.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) No

(a&b) Not applicable.

(2) Yes, SCA did change its finances after it was awarded preferred tenderer status.

This resulted from the fact that the Territory was not able to accept conditions that the ANZ sought to impose on the Territory in connection with the priority of interests between the Territory and the ANZ.

When negotiations between the Territory and ANZ reached a stalemate, SCA had no option but to seek finance terms that did not impose unacceptable conditions on the Territory. SCA was successful in securing an alternative financier with which the Territory was able to reach a satisfactory agreement.

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