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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4943 ..

back to the days of Commonwealth ownership of the railway land, when it had an agreement with the NSW State Rail Authority allowing the State Rail Authority to operate the railway land within the ACT as part of the NSW system. Rail operations have continued on that basis whilst the ACT and NSW have been negotiating a replacement Service Level Agreement.

Recent indications are that NSW will expect the ACT to contribute significantly toward the costs of providing the service in the future. Discussions are underway with NSW to identify the full costs of infrastructure maintenance and the loss incurred by Country Link in providing the Canberra-Sydney train service, as a first step in establishing what a fair apportionment of costs would be between the two jurisdictions. When the ACT Government has this information we will determine our position on the future of the train service.

Aged-care facilities

(Question No 1076)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, appearing on Notice paper No. 77 of 18 November 2003, upon notice:

In relation to a letter-to-the-Editor, The Canberra Times, 10 November 2003, outlining a problem with general practitioners servicing of residents in aged care facilities, ie the right under law for residents to choose their own general practitioner:

(1) Has the problem so identified come to the attention of ACT health authorities and to what extent;

(2) If such a problem does exist, what is being done about it;

(3) If 'this law may have to be amended' does the amendment need to be addressed by the Commonwealth or the ACT Government.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) ACT Health is aware of this issue, and that the problem exists to some extent.

(2) Provision of residential aged care, and general practice services are the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government. ACT Health has met and discussed this issue with the ACT Division of General Practice and the Commonwealth.

(3) Any legislative changes that may be required would involve Commonwealth legislation.

Academy of Sport Rowing Centre

(Question No 1078)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on 18 November 2003:

In relation to the ACT Academy of Sport Rowing Centre:

(1) What was delivered for the $10,000 spent in the December quarter on this project?

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