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Dr Foskey raised the issue of the west Belconnen model and that it is a pity that there is not a recommendation in the report about it. Dr Foskey, we do actually talk about the west Belconnen model within the report. The time that this committee had to hold hearings and deliberate was in the order of about 1½ weeks. We did not have time to make far-reaching recommendations, and the fact that this committee has come up with six recommendations I think is to the credit of the committee.

Mrs Dunne also raised the issue of the west Belconnen model and that the government would not give an extra $200,000. Mrs Dunne does not acknowledge the concerns raised by other GPs about the government giving funding to one group of GPs. The west Belconnen model may very well be an excellent model, and the report actually talks about alternative methods of delivery for GP services in this town. The committee is interested in seeing that, and I know that the government is interested in seeing that. But we have to take into account all the people that are providing services in this town, not just one group.

Mr Pratt did not say anything particularly of substance, except he did talk about the angst faced by people in the community with the closure of the Wanniassa medical centre. The committee totally agrees with that. In the conclusion, the committee states:

The Committee considers the closure of the Wanniassa Medical Centre and in particular, the impact that this has had on the patients and residents of the Tuggeranong Valley to be unfortunate.

It is extremely unfortunate, but there are a whole raft of reasons why there are problems, and there is no quick-fix solution to this.

In the last 52 seconds that I have, I want to thank Mr Smyth for bringing to our attention that we do have at appendix C an email from Mr Russell Tall. It should be Mr Roger Tall, and I apologise to Mr Tall for having that incorrect at the top of the page. However, it can be seen from the bottom of the page that it is Roger Tall. Unfortunately, this email had to go in because Mr Tall came before the committee and gave an incorrect answer, which was later clarified through further questioning of the minister about who had contacted whom. It is unfortunate that that was the case, but I am glad that the email has gone into the report to correct the matter. I commend the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 59

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 59, dated 25 August 2008, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

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