Page 605 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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Assembly, but, yes, we are conscious that, as we grow Canberra and suburbs come online, we need to provide adequate bus services. It is a challenge as our network grows and with some of the issues around cost, but I will bring that back to the Assembly by the end of question time today, because I am pretty sure Crace is one of those where there will be changes in that part of Canberra.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: Yes. I was also wondering whether there were any school-dedicated bus services into Crace at this time and how many services are actually going into or near the suburb.

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take that question on notice.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, given that the residents of Hall have been waiting for a public transport service for many years already, what priority will be given to adding a bus service to Hall?

MS GALLAGHER: Sorry, was that “to Hall” at the end?

Ms Bresnan: Yes.

MS GALLAGHER: I do not think there are immediate plans to provide an ACTION bus service to Hall, or not that I can recall. We are making some changes to the network operation in May this year and there are some additional plans about network 13. I am happy to take that on notice but I do not believe that we are looking at providing a bus service to Hall at this point in time. I think we have quite a number of challenges providing bus services around the ACT at this point in time.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Who currently provides bus services to Hall and at what cost to the ACT taxpayer?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take that on notice.

Health—general practitioners

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health and is in reference to the Report on government services 2012. Minister, the report shows that the Australian government real expenditure on GPs per person in the ACT decreased from $219 in 2006-07 to $211 in 2010-11. Minister, given that the number of GPs per person in the ACT also decreased during that time, why have you failed to

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