Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 322 ..
MRS CARNELL (continuing):
Housing Trust and the schools have adopted a very appropriate approach and are dealing with what can be a very real problem. May I state again, Mr Speaker, that while paint surfaces are in good condition the problem is minimal; but, the moment they start to peel or to flake, something has to be done. I think this approach will achieve that end.
MS HORODNY: I have a supplementary question. What commitment does the Government have to ensuring that contractors that are given the job of stripping and repainting these surfaces are given adequate training in the appropriate measures to do it safely?
MRS CARNELL: As I said in my answer, the Australian standard, "Guide to Lead Paint Management for Dwellings and Public Buildings", includes all of those sorts of approaches. Obviously, if you are going to sand back a dwelling which includes lead-based paint, the person who is doing the work must be well trained and must understand what they are dealing with; but so must the occupants as well. I am happy to provide a copy of this document to Ms Horodny.
MR BERRY: My question is directed to Mrs Carnell in her capacity as Minister for Health and Community Care. This question is directed to her in the knowledge, Mr Speaker, that she pursued with great passion the veracity of the information and activity data from the hospitals when she was in opposition. I refer her to the Woden Valley Hospital's information bulletin on patient activity data for the month of December 1995, in particular Table 3. This is about incomplete information and incomplete figures. It boils down to misleading information and - - -
MR SPEAKER: What is the question, Mr Berry?
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I - - -
MR SPEAKER: You are referring to a report.
MR BERRY: Table 3 - - -
MR SPEAKER: Thank you.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I can manage. I quote:
Table 3 has not been included for the month of December 1995. It was not possible to accurately count available occupied beddays -
Mrs Carnell would not have tolerated that in her day -
due to a problem with the supporting MediLinc report. To have included available occupied beddays data would have resulted in misleading percentage occupancy figures.