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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 2341..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

$37 estimate represents a full-year effect. The $15 estimate represents a half-year effect as in 2006-07 the charge will be only for a half-year impact, given that it will apply from 1 January 2007. The estimates also differ because of differences in the assumed number of households the charge is likely to be passed on to. The exact number is not known at this stage because the decision on when and how these charges are passed on is a matter for independent regulators such as the ICRC.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister's time has expired.

MR MULCAHY: Treasurer, you raced through the end of your reply, but I ask as a supplementary question: could you clarify what you estimate the cost to households will be of the utilities land use permit?

MR STANHOPE: Yes, I am happy to clarify that. Perhaps it will be more useful for Mr Mulcahy to give that in a detailed response and take the question on notice. Just broadly now, but I will follow up with a written response, the response that I gave in estimates was based on amounts of $37 for water, estimated, averaged, $22 for sewerage, $35 for gas, $15 for telecommunications and $28 for electricity, but I will take the detail on notice, Mr Mulcahy, and get back to you.

Health-CALMS model

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the new CALMS model of after-hours general practice service was launched last year. Could you update the Assembly on the outcome of this model?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for my first question for the week and for showing interest in the ACT Health portfolio.

Mrs Dunne: Attention deprivation syndrome!

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not deprived of attention. I was just thinking that the health system might have been of some interest to the opposition during this week of sittings. Maybe next week.

Mrs Dunne: We will do you slowly later.

MS GALLAGHER: I look forward to that, Mrs Dunne. I thank Ms Porter for the question. As you know, the CALMS model of after-hours general practice was launched last year. Some of the figures we are seeing now are showing what a success this initiative has been.

The new Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service, or CALMS as it is known, launched in May 2005, provides a new model of accessible care delivery for families who need to consult a GP after hours. It was made possible through the ACT government's commitment to address demand in the community, with budget funding of around $1.5 million.

The most recent CALMS figures available for 2005-06 indicate that the service is providing considerable additional consultations under the new model. For the period


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