Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2011) . . Page.. 4171 ..
is that any emissions reduction target will come at a cost. The government’s approach is to ensure that such measures are robustly costed so that we choose cost-efficient and effective mechanisms to achieve the reductions needed.
MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.
MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will you be investing in energy efficient public housing or offering tax incentives for sustainable redevelopment, and create an economic incentive for low emissions industries and assist us in meeting our greenhouse gas reduction target here in the ACT?
MR CORBELL: I am not going to pre-empt policy announcements that the government may make in the future in relation to these matters.
MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on ABC 666 on 6 September 2011 you stated, in relation to not meeting elective surgery targets, “when you look at how we performed and the fact if we had modelled on a different scenario, we could have met these targets, and that’s unfair”. Minister, if the targets set were “unfair”, why did your then Chief Minister Jon Stanhope sign the national partnership on elective surgery in December 2009?
MS GALLAGHER: Because it has provided millions and millions of extra dollars to fund essential health services in the ACT, all of which has been put to use in the emergency department, in community health and in acute hospital services.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.
MR SMYTH: Minister, if you were aware of the targets required for full reward funding from December 2009, why were these targets not achieved?
MS GALLAGHER: Because we decided to implement the long-wait strategy and continue on that path.
MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, what advice did you provide to the Chief Minister before he signed the national partnership on elective surgery in December 2009?
MS GALLAGHER: The Chief Minister and I met for hours and hours in discussing the signing-up to the national healthcare agreement.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson.