Page 255 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 2008

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Mr Speaker, ACT Policing is expected to maintain a workforce over a year that at least averages the agreed full-time equivalent level. Currently the ACT has purchased through its purchase agreement a total of 868 full-time equivalent positions. That is the number that we purchased, Mr Speaker. As of 24 January this year, the actual number of ACT Policing personnel working in the ACT is 925, which is 6.5 per cent more than the actual number required under the purchase agreement.

ACT Policing also determines the ratio to which it employs sworn to unsworn personnel, and the respective numbers of sworn and unsworn personnel are 690 sworn officers and 235 unsworn officers, totalling 925 as at 24 January.

Mr Speaker, those figures speak of a government committed to providing an effective level of policing here in the ACT and a massive increase of over 122 extra funded positions since we were first elected in 2001.

Mr Pratt: Do you still maintain that that’s a net increase?

MR CORBELL: Yes, that is the increase. That is the net increase.

Mr Pratt: Got that, Smythie?

Mr Corbell: Extra.

Mr Pratt: Good, right. Put that down.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, cease interjecting and cease discussing things across the chamber. Mr Corbell, do not encourage him.

Hospitals—emergency department

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, your own Chief Minister, in a keynote address to the ACT ALP conference, said, “We will be judged not just on what we pledge but on how well we have delivered on pledges made before.” Minister, the recent Productivity Commission report into government services highlighted:

‘Emergency department waiting times’ is an indicator of effectiveness of access to public hospitals …

Minister, the Productivity Commission figures for 2005-06 show the performance of ACT emergency departments to be the worst of any jurisdiction in terms of patients being seen in triage category time frames. I acknowledge category 1 at 100 per cent at this stage, which it should be, and category 2 improvements. However, information I have been provided from ACT Health under FOI shows that performance at the Canberra Hospital particularly in categories 3, 4 and 5, year to date—

MR SPEAKER: This is getting to be something of a lengthy—

MRS BURKE: I am coming to the question; I just had to give that so that the minister knows what I am talking about. The information shows that performance at the

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