Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2976 ..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
I note that Ms Tucker has also foreshadowed an amendment to my amendment. The government would be happy to support Ms Tucker's amendment.
I move the amendment circulated in my name, which reads:
Omit all words after "That this Assembly expresses its", substitute the following:
"concern at the increasing difficulties older Canberrans are facing in accessing appropriate accommodation and:
(1) Notes that the ACT Government:
has given priority to determining applications for direct sale of land for aged care facility proposals providing for approximately 269 beds;
has been proactive in initiating work for sites in Belconnen and Tuggeranong with the potential for a minimum of a further 250 beds;
has allocated $5.15 million for a sub-acute facility for the ACT providing post acute rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric and transitional care services;
provides respite care through the Burrangiri Crisis Respite Centre for the Aged and has provided $450,000 for a new pilot program to provide flexible family support for people who care for older Canberrans.
(2) Urges the ACT and Commonwealth Governments to continue to adopt and implement measures to address this growing level of demand for appropriate accommodation for older Canberrans and their families."
MS TUCKER (6.11): I will move the amendment circulated in my name, which reads:
(1) Add new point
(2) Calls on the ACT Government to report to the Assembly on the extent to which the above measures meet the unmet needs in all sectors of the population of older Canberrans, and strategies and timelines to meet the remaining unmet need;"
(2) and renumber point 2 as point 3.
This is a pretty self-evident amendment. I am putting an extra call on the government, amending Mr Corbell's amendment, which would produce what I am hoping would be a clear analysis of unmet need. If we had that, we would have something concrete on which to base an assessment of the situation now and into the future. I am assuming that "unmet need"would be understood as encompassing projected need as well, because that would be basic.
MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (6.12): Mr Speaker, I think I am being granted a courtesy, because I have to fly at 6.30 to attend a public meeting, so I thank Mrs Cross for that. I will be brief, given that many members want to speak on this. I just want to make a couple of quick points.