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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2165 ..

Canberra Medical School

(Question No 592)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to the Canberra Medical School:

(1) Can the Minister advise where planning is up to for the Canberra Medical School;

(2) What was delivered for the $13,000 spent as at 31 December 2002 from the $70,000 allocated this financial year in new capital works;

(3) Did any additional expenditure from capital works take place between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003, if so, please provide details;

(4) Has any of the $500,000 allocated in new initiatives for the Canberra Medical School been expended, if so, please provide cost and works

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The first students for the new Medical School program will commence in 2004. The second stage of a feasibility study to develop specifications for capital works will be completed in August 2003 to inform Capital works which will commence in the 2004-05 financial year in time for the main student placements at hospitals from 2006. This timing was agreed in November 2002 between representatives of the Department and the Vice Chancellor of the ANU.

(2) This money was spent on planning for the capital works required for the Medical School. The first stage of a feasibility study was conducted in October 2002.

(3) No additional expenditure occurred.

(4) Yes, this money was provided for additional teaching and clinical staff at The Canberra Hospital to prepare for the commencement of the Medical School in 2004.

ACTION-off-peak fares

(Question No 625)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to off peak pensioner fares.

Discount fares are only available during non-peak periods. If a pensioner catches the bus during peak hour they cannot use their concession card. This is blatant discrimination and ACT Labor will not allow this to continue."

(1) What steps has the Government taken to fulfil this election commitment.

(2) If the commitment has not been fulfilled, why not.

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