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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 506 ..


: I have a supplementary question. Mr Smyth, why are you not proposing to undertake a full environmental impact assessment of the specific route you have chosen for the parkway, given that the previous study was only a preliminary assessment covering a number of options for the route and that the route chosen is the most environmentally destructive option through a key part of Canberra Nature Park? Does this make you even more gravely concerned about yourself as the Minister for the environment?

MR SMYTH: No. Mr Humphries endorsed the route as recommended in the PA - it is the eastern route - in November 1997, noting that no further environmental assessment was required on the identification of the preferred route. This was largely because of the substantial work undertaken under the last Minister for the Environment and Planning on a wide range of environmental considerations.

Hepatitis C

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister as Acting Minister for Health. Last year the Minister for Health announced the Government's intention to launch the hepatitis C lookback program. The aim of the program was to identify people who may have contracted hepatitis C from infected blood in order to track them down, notify them of potential infection and provide adequate compensation if necessary. Can the Acting Minister for Health bring the Assembly up to date on how many people have been contacted under the program, whether any of them have been identified as having contracted hep C as a result of receiving infected blood and, if so, what compensation arrangements have been put into place to date?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think we are creating history here. An Acting Minister is being asked more questions than a Minister normally is asked. I will take that question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: All right. Mr Quinlan, do you want to ask a supplementary question?

MR QUINLAN: My supplementary question involved the numbers. I am sure the Minister will be expansive on the numbers, as mentioned in her speech yesterday.

Public Housing

MR HIRD: I see the Leader of the Opposition looking over here, as usual.

Mr Stanhope: I assume you are going to declare your support for the drug trial, Mr Hird.

MR HIRD: Listen and you may learn.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hird, would you ask your question. Unless you are asking the Leader of the Opposition a question, I suggest you direct it to somebody, please.

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