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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 999..


(4) Because the ACT's Bill of Costs is before the Federal Court pending taxation, a judgement on the award of costs before the Full Federal Court is still pending and negotiations between 'Save the Ridge"and Government Solicitor's Office on the settlement of costs are ongoing, it would not be in the interest of the Territory to answer this question at this stage.

Health-umbilical cord blood

(Question No 965)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 7 March 2006:

(1) Given that during a motion regarding umbilical cord blood donation in June 2003 the Minister stated that the ACT is contributing $164 000 for the four-year period from 2001-02 to 2004-05 as our part of the across-Australia contribution to the establishment of the national cord blood collection network, what will the ACT contribute to the network in 2005-06 and what funding is committed for future years to the network;

(2) How many Canberrans accessed blood from the national cord blood network in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06 to date;

(3) What has been the associated cost of accessing blood from the cord blood network for Canberra patients or are there no costs due to our annual contribution to the national network;

(4) How many women, that the Minister or ACT Health has been made aware of, have expressed an interest in wanting to collect their own umbilical cord blood in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06 to date.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) ACT's contribution to the National Cord Blood Collection Network (NCBCN) is:

  • $39,360 (2005-2006)

  • $42,133.94 (2006-2007)

  • funding beyond 2006-07 will be subject to the outcome of the Independent Review of the NCBCN which is due report in June 2006.

(2) These data are unavailable.

(3) Access is at no cost to patients.

(4) Nil.

Circus safety arrangements

(Question No 967)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 7 March 2006:


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