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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 August 2008) . . Page.. 2950 ..

I am particularly pleased to highlight the fact that officers of the Ambulance Service have been directly involved in developing the design and layout of these vehicles. It is their feedback that makes these vehicles some of the best in the country. Some of the features include improved high-visibility markings, LED warning lights that use new technology to draw greater attention to the vehicles under emergency conditions, orange low-glow exterior lighting to improve visibility and safety at night, and new module designs internally to facilitate the introduction of new and emerging pre-hospital technologies.

I am pleased to say that the ACT Labor government has now funded 10 new ambulance vehicles for the Ambulance Service in the last three years—10 new vehicles to replace or add to the existing ambulance fleet.

I am also very pleased to report to the Assembly that in the most recent budget the government also provided funding for an additional 12 frontline intensive care paramedics and two support staff. That increases the level of staffing in the ACT Ambulance Service to 156. These additional staff will complement the introduction of the new ambulance vehicles across the territory to meet the growing demand for ambulance services as our community continues to age.

Once again, it demonstrates ACT Labor’s commitment to providing a high quality ambulance service with some of the best response times in the country. I am very pleased that the government has had the financial management skills and, indeed, the long-term vision to understand the importance of making an investment in this crucial area of community services.

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

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Schools—early childhood

MR BARR: Yesterday in question time, Dr Foskey asked me a question in relation to early childhood schools and I indicated that the government had invested $13½ million. That figure is incorrect. The correct figure is $15½ million. I neglected to mention that recurrent funding of $1.895 million over four years had also been provided in the budget.

Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 2003, 2082, 2117 and 2121

DR FOSKEY: I seek an explanation as to why the following questions have not been answered: question No 2003 to the Attorney-General, which I have been asking about for months now, regarding low-doc and no-doc loans; question No 2082—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Would you mind doing them one by one so that the minister can respond to them individually.

DR FOSKEY: These are all for the Attorney-General; can I do them in one go?

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