Page 3516 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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more suitable for advanced practice nurses, that it is not actually allowing nurse practitioners to utilise their full suite of skills.

So we need to make a decision about whether it is going to be an advanced practice nurse centre or whether we are going to allow it to grow, in which case you will get more interest from the nurse practitioners. My understanding is that the nurse practitioners have not found it as fulfilling working in the walk-in centre as they could working in, say, aged care, sexual health or wound management where they are allowed to have an increased capacity to utilise all their skills.

That is definitely one of the issues that we are going to have to decide on. Is it going to be an advanced practice nurse-run clinic or are we going to bite the bullet and expand the scope? If we expand the scope, of course, we will have to go through another process—a long process, I imagine.


MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. On 17 August, you said this in this place:

A key purpose of increasing the price of parking is to encourage the entry of private sector parking providers and operators into the market. The current price of ACT government owned parking is well below the level at which private sector parking providers would be attracted into the market.

Has the ACT government done any analysis of the level of pricing for ACT government parking that would attract private sector parking providers into the market? If so, what level of pricing does the analysis show would be required?

MR CORBELL: The government has done some analysis on this issue because the feedback from the private sector is clear. At current pricing levels it is not a conducive market for the private sector to enter the market and to provide paid parking facilities such as parking stations. For that reason, the government has locked in a series of increases to parking prices each financial year. That decision was taken a number of budgets ago so that each financial year the price increases by an increment. I do not have the details of that analysis before me, but I am happy to take that element of the question on notice.

It is worth making the observation too, as I said yesterday, that Canberra’s all-day parking in the city centre is still cheaper than all-day parking in the city centre in Newcastle, Wollongong, Hobart and, clearly, larger capital cities such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

The government has due regard to the price impacts on motorists of parking charges, but it also has regard to what pricing should be put in place to ensure that there is a greater choice of parking available to residents through the entry of the private sector into the market.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

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