Page 5813 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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MR SMYTH: Minister, why are the statistics for emergency department presentations split between Calvary hospital and Canberra Hospital for the first time in your emergency department report card?

MS GALLAGHER: It follows the decision we have taken in elective surgery and it also follows the MyHospitals website where this information is available.

Government office building

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development and concerns the government office building in Civic. Yesterday you issued a response to the motion on the government office building to the Assembly. In that you stated that Cox architects are leading a team of consultants to examine the adaptive reuse of existing office buildings and consideration of options for the government office precinct. What expertise is being included in the consultancy team for this evaluation process? Does it include a valuer?

MR BARR: I am certain that such expertise will be included, yes.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Has the government considered whether there is a conflict of interest in having the same firm that designed the government’s preferred office building also coordinating the feasibility study for alternatives, including adaptive re-use and an office precinct?

MR BARR: I do not believe there is a conflict of interest.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how have Civic property owners been given opportunities to input into the feasibility assessment process, and what information has been given to land and property owners to allow them to input?

MR BARR: The process has been focused on the Gungahlin project, actually. That is the government’s number one priority. This process will continue to unfold through 2012.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, is the feasibility process asking building owners how they could best meet the government’s office requirements, especially given that it is currently a tenants market in Canberra?

MR BARR: All of those issues are being considered.

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