Page 1182 - Week 04 - Thursday, 17 March 2005

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Several licence owners have indicated to the Department of Urban Services that they consider the introduction of the new licensing arrangements will inject optimism and buoyancy into the industry, with new services providing a wider range of small vehicle, public passenger service options to the public. Hire car operators welcome the significant reduction in the cost of a hire car licence, the availability of additional licences and the scope to enhance and widen their current services. Already, prospective new hire car operators are approaching the department about the new arrangements, including, I might say, several people in the taxi industry.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Tree Protection Bill 2005

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): I seek leave to have a revised presentation speech for the Tree Protection Bill 2005 incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The incorporated document appears at attachment 1 on page 1222 .

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Bushfires—coronial inquest

MR QUINLAN: I was asked by Mr Seselja at question time in February, I think, about whether the legal costs in relation to the appeal against the coroner are covered by insurance. The advice I have received—I will read it verbatim—says, “The legal costs incurred by the territory in the appeal against the decision by the coroner not to disqualify herself on the grounds of apprehended bias are the subject of recovery under the territory’s insurance arrangements.” Should that turn into a brawl or a blue when the claim goes in, we will let you know.

Health—radiation oncology

MR CORBELL: In response further to questions asked yesterday by Mr Mulcahy and today by Mr Smyth in relation to radiotherapy planning systems at the Canberra Hospital, I provide the following advice: a new CT simulator was purchased and installed in 2002-03, following funding from the ACT government, and has been fully operational since July 2003. The CT simulator is used to produce CT images for the planning of radiation therapy. The CT simulator is interfaced with the planning computer for this purpose.

The existing radiation therapy planning computer was installed in 2001. Commonwealth health program grants funds are being utilised to upgrade and refurbish this computer system to improve the efficiency of radiation therapy planning by providing faster processing times and an extra workstation for the planners. The amount of this funding from the commonwealth is approximately $350,000.

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