Page 1083 - Week 03 - Thursday, 26 February 2009

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There is the opportunity to embrace this. Note to self, Mr Smyth: opportunity to embrace. Peel off the post-it note that says “oppose because we are in opposition”. I urge the opposition to genuinely look at the package, embrace it and work with us to support industry. They have been seeking this kind of advice from government about what we are planning to do and when we are bringing forward the capital upgrades announcement.

Mr Smyth: We gave you hints and you turned them all down.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, just look on the bright side of life and work with us. We are going to deliver this and it will be fantastic for the ACT community. We look forward potentially to some support from the opposition, although I will not hold my breath.

Health Services Commissioner and Disability and Community Services Commissioner

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns the Health Services Commissioner and the Disability and Community Services Commissioner. Minister, I understand that, as of several months ago, one person has been performing these two roles, and that this will now continue on a formal basis. Can you please advise whether the recommendations of the Gallop report and the subsequent disability reform group that the disability commissioner and Health Services Commissioner need to be separate people were considered when this decision was made to once again combine the two roles?

MR CORBELL: Yes, these matters had regard to when this decision was taken. The decision was taken given the resource constraints faced by the government in the operation of the commission and the need to effectively coordinate the work of all the various commissioners.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Did you consider different arrangements within the commission to better reflect the different understandings and frameworks needed to perform these two roles and to address the concerns of the disability community?

MR CORBELL: I have every confidence that the person performing the role of Health Services Commissioner and disability services complaints commissioner has every appropriate and effective understanding of the difference between the two roles.

Capital works—projects

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Treasurer. The Stanhope-Gallagher government has a track record of rolling over large amounts of money in its capital works budget with 107—

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