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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (21 April) . . Page.. 1074 ..

Another seven have been sold to the Raiders for use during the season by their sponsors and management. The Brumbies have bought three on a similar basis for the season. Another two long-term prospects are about to be signed up. The remaining suites have been sold under a range of seasonal and short-term packages. Fifty-one of the 60 corporate boxes have been sold and serious negotiations are now under way for potential naming and video replay board sponsors. Mr Speaker, if those opposite had not started their ridiculous scaremongering campaign through the media, just imagine how many could have been sold.

Hepatitis C

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I have answers to questions that I took on notice on 24 and 25 March from Mr Berry, including a supplementary, and Mr Stanhope, including a supplementary, on hepatitis C and the lookback program. I table them and seek leave to incorporate them in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answers read as follows -



24 March 1999

Mr Berry asked the Minister for Health:

Material tabled by the Minister yesterday in relation to the potential infection of Canberra Hospital patients with Hepatitis C from contaminated blood showed seven or six individuals had so far tested positive to the virus. Given that the same material revealed that three people tested from within the period designated for compensation tested negative to the virus, can the Minister explain why his spokesperson told the Canberra Times on 11 March last that the Government was processing claims from about 35 people. Could you explain how we are getting these wild fluctuations?

Supplementary: Would the Minister, rather than me pursuing a supplementary, would the Minister try and explain the disparity in figures he tabled yesterday between the estimate that possibly 50 per cent of patients already identified by the donor trigger look back program may have died and the two thirds proportion of the 94 cases already identified who have died, and could the Minister in turn assure the Assembly that none of these people died from Hepatitis C or Hepatitis C related problems?

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