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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3780 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

the written consent of the principal if it wishes to use subcontractors. This requirement has again been drawn to the company's attention by ACT Housing today. I am also advised that ACT Housing's contract with the company contained significant protections for both subcontractors and employees.

Contracts for cleaning and other property services are in the process of being tendered by the new total facilities managers who will take over full responsibility for those areas on 1 October 2001. The contracts with the total facilities managers require them to follow ACT government procurement policy in their tender process for selecting subcontractors to work on ACT Housing properties. I think that deals with each of the issues that were raised.

Nursing home beds or high-needs beds

MR MOORE: Mr Wood asked me a question about aged care or high-needs beds, and I said I would provide the information to him, but I think it is better to provide it in the Assembly. I remind members that aged care is a Commonwealth responsibility. However, the answer you were seeking is that 654 high care places are located in the ACT, with a further 50 high care places to be allocated in the 2001 age care approvals round later this year. Of these 654, 635 of the high care residential places are in operation at the moment in the ACT. The gap between those high care places that have been allocated to the ACT and the number of operational beds therefore is 19. These high care places were allocated in the 2,000 age care approvals round and will become operational upon the conclusion of the capital works.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister for Urban Services a question in accordance with standing order 118A.

Mr Humphries: He is not here to ask.

Mr Moore: Well, another minister can act on his behalf if we can't-

MR CORBELL: Well, it is the conclusion of question time. That is when I ask the question.

Mr Moore: That's correct, yes.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Proceed.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, yesterday, in question time, Mr Smyth took on notice a question from me in relation to what advice, if any, he had received from the National Capital Authority in relation to the gazettal or otherwise of the variation to the Territory Plan relating to the Gungahlin Drive extension. The minister has not provided the answer at the conclusion of question time today to that question he took on notice. I appreciate that whilst the standing order requires him to provide that answer or an explanation by the adjournment, but I thought it was appropriate to remind the minister that he did take that question on notice and I would appreciate an answer.

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