Page 48 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 14 February 2006

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This is a significant improvement, not just in terms of subacute rehabilitation care itself here in the ACT; it will also provide for greater capacity in our public hospital system to meet demand from the emergency department, to meet the demand for elective surgery, by making sure that those beds are freed up and not used for any longer than they need to be. People will move on to a more appropriate environment in subacute care and rehabilitation and convalescence, thereby making sure that we make the best possible use of medical beds here in the ACT.

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

Answer to question on notice and questions without notice

Question No 832

National competition policy payments

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I point out that the Chief Minister has not answered question on notice No 832, for which the answer was due on 13 January 2006. Also, in the Assembly on 15 December 2005 the Chief Minister took on notice a question on national competition policy payments and the answer was due on 14 January 2006. Could the Chief Minister please explain why those questions have not been answered or, alternatively, answer the questions?

MR STANHOPE: I apologise to the member in relation to question on notice No 832. Indeed, I have the answer to that question. I am just arranging for a couple of typographical errors to be corrected. It will be provided to the member today. Indeed, I am happy to table it today. So the explanation in relation to that is that it was provided to me but with some typographical errors which I am having corrected and I will provide the answer to the member today.

I have to say that I was not aware of the other question and I will have to pursue it. I cannot recall it and was not aware that it was taken on notice, but I am more than happy to take some advice on that and respond to the member.

Auditor-General’s reports

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, in like manner, I asked a question of the Chief Minister on 15 December 2005 regarding Auditor-General’s reports and the response was due on 14 January 2006. I do not appear to have received a response to that, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: I beg your pardon, Mrs Burke. I am afraid that that has not been drawn to my attention. I will have to pursue it. I cannot give an explanation because I simply have no idea, but I will pursue it.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Study trip—Reports by—

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