Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 360 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
I met just a couple of weeks ago with one of the nursing homes in Belconnen. It is interesting that the level of unmet need here, the extent to which people are waiting, is exacerbated to some extent by people returning to the ACT from, in particular, the South Coast. I was advised, for instance-and this might be of interest to members-that the waiting list at one nursing home in Belconnen is over 12 months and over 60 per cent of the people on the waiting list do not reside in the ACT. So, we have some significant issues that we as a community have to face in relation aged care. There is no doubt about it.
MR CORNWELL: Thank you, Mr Stanhope. My supplementary question is: if ACAT does not keep such records-and you indicated that it was not a booking agency and that individual facilities may hold these dementia specific waiting lists-would you please advise me why in reply to question on notice No 6 you stated that "there is no waiting list for dementia specific places"? How do you know? How do you know, if ACAT doesn't keep any records but individual facilities may keep records? Where are your statistics to make that statement that there is no waiting list for dementia specific places? Perhaps you could ask your public servants that when they reply to that question.
MR STANHOPE: I am more than happy to seek clarification of the question, Mr Cornwell. I thank you for your interest in what is an emerging and serious issue for this community.
I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee
MR SPEAKER: I wish to advise the Assembly that, on 19 February 2002, pursuant to standing order 246A, the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure commenced an inquiry regarding the conditions of broadcasting proceedings and the delegation of powers to withdraw rights to broadcast, pursuant to the Legislative Assembly Broadcasting Act 2001.
Auditor-General's Report No 12 of 2001
Mr Speaker presented the following report:
Auditor-General Act-Auditor General's Report-No 12 of 2001-The Freedom of Information Act, dated 19 December 2001.
Motion (by Mr Wood , by leave) agreed to:
That this Assembly authorises for publication Auditor-General's Report No 12.
Mr Speaker presented the following papers:
Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act, pursuant to section 8-Authority to broadcast proceedings concerning: