Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 734 ..
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to give a quick response to that, because I think it is of public interest.
MR MOORE: That is a huge disappointment for anybody who is in such an awful circumstance. I would strongly suggest that he go back to his GP and say, "Give me a referral to a different specialist". If the GP does not know a different specialist, Professor McClelland has said that he will guide any GP as to where the specialist is. If the GP will not do that, go to a different GP and go through that process. The specialist may not be a specialist in Canberra. He may have to refer him to a specialist in Sydney, but it can be done.
I think this is an awful situation, but there is a process which people can use. They just have to be a bit more demanding about their own health care, particularly in these trying circumstances; but there are options available. Each of the professors at the Clinical School has said that they will provide guidance to GPs in this way if that is at all helpful. He should be aware of that. If anybody else has somebody in the same sort of position as Mr Osborne has, please do not hesitate to contact my office, and we will help guide them down that kind of path.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, on 21 May Mr Smyth took on notice a question from Mr Wood on the future of the Erindale police station. I am providing some further information as the management of this property is currently in my portfolio.
The Erindale police station was officially vacated on 19 February. My department has contacted other agencies of the ACT Government informing them of the property surplus and requesting options for consideration by the Government for its reuse. I am surprised that no options have yet been put before the Government as part of this process for the use of the facility, and I have asked my department to ensure that options are put before us quickly for consideration. This is a valuable asset and its future also forms an integral part of the future of the Erindale group centre. I hope to be in a position to make a statement to the Assembly during the next sitting week on the use of the facility.
Paper and Ministerial Statement
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present advice from the Government Solicitor relating to variations to the Territory Plan. As well as tabling that advice, I ask for leave to make a short statement.