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delays in being able to draw that information quickly and make it available. But as to the running of ACTPAS outside that—outside some of that public reporting of data—the project is now complete.

I would like to put on the record my thanks to all the team involved with ACTPAS, right down from the chief information officer. This has been a huge job. As we have seen in other jurisdictions when systems like this have been implemented, there is the potential, if major problems arise, for things to be disastrous. We have managed—outside a couple of areas at the beginning and also some of those help desk functions—to implement this relatively smoothly, I am told, as far as overhauls of IT systems go.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Mulcahy?

MR MULCAHY: Thank you. Minister, can you tell the Assembly when the patient administration system will in fact be fully operational according to the original specifications and whether there will be a requirement for additional funds to achieve this outcome.

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Mulcahy for the question. I have not been advised of any further funding required for ACTPAS. That has all been managed within the contract and within the budget from ACT Health. My understanding is that those last data migration issues should be completed fairly soon. If I can get back with a time for you, I will. But my advice now is that the implementation of ACTPAS has been completed and the project team is now moving into maintenance and support functions. As I say, there is a bit of tidying up to do at the end in terms of making some of that data available and managing some of those calls for assistance, but, based on that advice, certainly there is no requirement for increased funding.

Public transport—services

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services in his capacity as minister responsible for transport. Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the detail regarding the government’s recent announcement to improve public transport services throughout Canberra?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Mr Gentleman for his ongoing interest in matters transport. The Stanhope government has again this week demonstrated its commitment to creating and maintaining a sustainable public transport system, now and for the future, through a package of measures for public transport improvements worth around $75 million—the most comprehensive commitment in the territory’s history, spanning bus services, infrastructure, accessibility and safety.

It is the government’s aim to ensure public transport is progressively made fully accessible for Canberrans. By increasing patronage and improving the efficiency of the public transport system, the ACT will see less road congestion, resulting in increased social, environmental and economic benefits. The government will invest up to $50 million in additions to the fleet over the next four years, in addition to the 16 new CNG buses already on order and due for delivery through 2008. These new buses will mean that by 2012 over 55 per cent of the ACTION fleet will be

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