Page 2815 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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done a number of meetings with community organisations, particularly in the health area, where there is a lot of work underway about improving our services and creating new infrastructure opportunities in the Health portfolio.

All in all, it has been a very busy time. There is a lot of work underway, a lot of very challenging issues that the government are working our way through. But I am very confident that, with the team that we have here and the capacity that we have, we will be able to deliver some real outcomes for the people of the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, a supplementary?

DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, how could you and the government be more effective in achieving outcomes for the ACT through important meetings such as the one you have mentioned?

MS GALLAGHER: As members will understand, the priorities that we have outlined in the last week, the goals that we have set and the implementation plans that we have will provide the community with a very clear understanding of what the work is that we are currently dealing with and how we intend to deliver particular outcomes to the people of the ACT.

We also believe that some of the changes that we will make to open up information processes and make information more available to people in the ACT about work that is currently before government will also assist in improving government processes and government decision making.

I certainly understand that I have a job ahead of me to deal with, but I feel very confident that the government and the community, working in hand in hand, will be able to come to some real solutions and deliver real outcomes for the people of the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: You mentioned the arboretum. Did the ACT Labor government lobby the commonwealth for funding for the arboretum or do you stand by your earlier denials?

MS GALLAGHER: This is a matter that we discussed at estimates. It pre-dates my time as Chief Minister, but the information—

Mr Hanson: Not my forecast.

MS GALLAGHER: No, just wait, Mr Hanson. I do have two minutes here. The information that I have before me is that information was provided about the arboretum but there was no formal request to provide funding to the arboretum. That is the information—

Mr Seselja: They just put it out there.

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