Page 1385 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, order, please!

Mr Seselja: You can’t even get the paint right.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja!

MR STANHOPE: and how many lives has it saved and all those other things—how much green paint has been painted—

Mr Hargreaves: We had to do something with the leftovers from Bruce Stadium.

MR STANHOPE: as opposed to red paint and how much more did green paint cost than red paint.

Mr Hargreaves: What about Bruce Stadium?

MR STANHOPE: I know of your interest in these issues, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: That hurts me; that really hurts, Jon.

Mr Hargreaves: That is where we got the green paint from.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Coe, you are warned. Your volume of interjections is right up there with where we were yesterday, and your colleagues are all close to being warned. Mr Hargreaves, it would be helpful if you did not wind them up. Mr Stanhope, you have the floor.

MR STANHOPE: I will conclude on this point. I will provide additional information. That additional information that I will provide, in addition to the question asked by Mr Coe, will include a comparative analysis of the length of on-road cycle path provided by this government as opposed to that provided by your party when in government and, most particularly, the length of retrofitted on-road cycling that was delivered under the Liberal Party in two terms of government. I think I can answer that bit now: zero.

Calvary hospital—mental health unit

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and concerns the older persons mental health unit at Calvary hospital. Minister, members of the community have approached me, concerned that Calvary Health Care have cut the number of beds provided in that unit from 20 to 13. Can you please advise whether the cut is due to insufficient demand for the 20 beds or was it because there were not enough staff to look after the beds?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, this is a decision that Calvary have made in operating the older persons mental health unit. Health have been talking with them. It is for a range of reasons. It goes to issues of staffing, issues of demand and issues of budget. So there are three issues there—the staffing to staff the unit, demand for the beds in the unit, and an overall budget pressure that they are experiencing across the hospital.

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