Page 1293 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 27 March 2012

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update on progress regarding the finalisation of the review of the need to expand drug and alcohol rehab services in the ACT. In 2011 the government undertook to complete a review of the need to expand drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Undertaking a review of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services was also a recommendation of the ACT Select Committee on Estimates in 2011.

The Health Directorate committed in 2011 to providing the government with a review report by March 2012. The review is being conducted by Mr Andrew Biven and Dr Rod MacQueen and examines a range of evidence. This includes evidence on the need for drug rehabilitation services in the ACT, international and local evidence of what contributes to good outcomes from drug rehabilitation services, consumer input on drug rehabilitation services in the ACT and data on current drug rehabilitation service provision and usage patterns.

A week of site visits to drug and rehabilitation services in the ACT, including consultation with service providers, was conducted in December 2011 as part of the review. The review is on track for completion by the end of March 2012. However, there will not be sufficient time to table the outcomes during the March sitting period. So I will table out of session the review as soon as possible in April 2012.

Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 6 December 2011, on motion by Mr Barr, on behalf of Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Corbell: Could I take the unprecedented step of thanking members for their support of the bill?

MR SPEAKER: I think this would be, perhaps, an inappropriate step, Mr Corbell. I seek your indulgence to try and sort out this matter. I think Mrs Dunne has the call and is undoubtedly on her way.

Mr Hargreaves: May I speak to the bill?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. That would be appreciated.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (12.11): This bill is part of a suite of legislative reforms and forward-moving pieces of legislation this government has been responsible for over a number of years. What is surprising, of course, is that there are members scurrying everywhere seeking to leap to their feet to congratulate the minister on this piece of legislation. I note the absence of the opposition whip in getting his troops together down here to take part in this debate.

I too would wish to commend the bill to the Assembly.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.12): I apologise to the chamber for my tardiness and I thank Mr Hargreaves for his filibuster.

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