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Bateman’s Bay patients wait seven days for what would be deemed emergency treatment; if not, why would a person be made to wait for seven days for emergency treatment.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) to (5) In general, fractures require fixation to reduce pain, to reduce damage to surrounding tissues and to allow the bone to heal in the correct position.

If a patient is not in much pain and the fracture is stable, there may be no urgency about fixation. Sometimes it is preferable to delay fixation to allow swelling to subside.

It is not possible to comment accurately on hypothetical medical cases without more information.

School cleaners—complaints
(Question No 487)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

Has the Minister received any complaints this calendar year, to date, regarding school cleaners; if so, (a) how many complaints have been received, (b) what were the nature of these complaints and (c) how has she responded; if not, what is she doing to monitor the situation with school cleaners given the problems previously experienced with contractors.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) My office has received no complaints this calendar year regarding school cleaners.

Waste disposal
(Question No 488)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

Did you state in a press statement issued on Monday 1 August that ACT NOWaste is also developing a number of other initiatives that target organic material to form an integrated waste management approach “for example, ACT NOWaste is currently working with its contractors to develop processes to target and extract green waste from mixed loads” and that “trials have already commenced on construction and demolition waste to remove and process green waste”; if so, what are the initiatives that you are working on, in addition to the said trial.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

ACT NOWaste has been actively working on a number of initiatives to continually facilitate increased recovery and recycling of garden wastes and timber from mixed waste streams in addition to the trials being conducted at the Mugga Lane Landfill by the landfill sub-contractor. These initiatives include:

facilitating the establishment of three skip waste recycling businesses at the Parkwood Road Recycling Estate;

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