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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1357 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

enable clients to be adequately cared for in the community, including those who are on methadone and benzodiazepines, $150,00; funding to enable drug and alcohol doctors to be upgraded to specialist level to meet the national standard, $70,000; training for drug and alcohol and mental health workers in dual diagnosis issues, $90,000; coordination of methadone and pharmacotherapy accreditation, $20,000; and a night shelter in the ACT, some $240,000.

Mr Osborne, thank you very much for that question. I greatly appreciate the opportunity. You can see that we have taken this matter very seriously.

Mr Hird: Is that all?

MR MOORE: I hear my colleagues saying, "Is that all?" I can see that I will have to go back into discussions with them about some of the other things we could do. I am reminded by Mr Smyth that we put an extra $400,000 into health promotion. A better coordinated health promotion system about healthier lifestyle, healthier living, good nutrition, fitness and early intervention will enhance our ability to intervene.

Mr Osborne, I could go on a little further, but if you keep looking through the budget you will find more and more. If you like, I can search them out for you.

MR OSBORNE: I ask a supplementary question. It is a bit like the Duracel bunny. You let him go, and off he goes talking about drugs. Can you tell me how many rehabilitation beds there are in the ACT for illicit drug dependent people that the ACT government actually pays for?

MR MOORE: Mr Osborne, I would like to give you an exact answer to that question, so I will take it on notice.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act, pursuant to section 8-Authority to broadcast proceedings concerning:

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration relating to its inquiry into the Appropriation Bill 2000-2001 (No 2) on 27 April 2001, dated 26 April 2001 and on 6, 12 and 18 April 2001, dated 4 April 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety relating to its inquiry into the prison project on 17 April 2001, dated 11 April 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services relating to its inquiry into Turner sections 46, 48 and 62 on 11 and 12 April 2001 and its inquiry into DV No 152 Community facilities land use policies-Forrest section 24 blocks 1 and 3 (part of St Christopher's precinct, Manuka on 12 April 2001, dated 12 April 2001.

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