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one-stop shop and the revised and revamped initiatives that I have just outlined.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question?

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you explain why there has been such a delay in rolling out the new initiatives?

MR CORBELL: There has not been a significant delay. There has not really been a delay at all. The funding took effect on 1 July. We have to go through a series of processes to undertake tenders, with different contractors to deliver these services, in particular the HEAT and WEST programs. The new home water audit program needs to be delivered by contractors on the ground. All of these services have to be delivered by contractors. We need to go through a procurement process to do that. As I have just indicated to the member, much of that procurement is coming close to its finalisation, which means we will shortly be in a position to roll out the program to Canberrans.

MS LE COUTEUR: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you indicate how many of the ACT’s low income households and renters will actually benefit from the low income and renters water and energy assistance programs?

MR CORBELL: I would need to take that question on notice. We do have a target number in terms of how many households we anticipate taking up those initiatives. I do not have that information to hand. I am happy to take it on notice and provide it to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when will the 150 rebates for water tanks with no internal connection be made available?

MR CORBELL: Again, the time frames in terms of the delivery of individual specific initiatives within the overall program are not something that I have to hand. I am happy to take it on notice and provide it to the member.

Hospitals—waiting times

MR HANSON: My Question is to the Minister for Health and is in relation to the AMA’s Public Health Report Card 2009. Referring to waiting times, in today’s Canberra Times ACT AMA President Dr Paul Jones states in relation to waiting times:

For … those patients who have cancer or other serious conditions,

That is too long.

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