Page 2226 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how many accidents have occurred on the stretch of William Hovell Drive where the speed limit was recently reduced to 80 kilometres an hour since that section of road was upgraded to a dual carriageway?

MS GALLAGHER: William Hovell Drive—I think it was the result of 11 casualty crashes in the last five years. I am not sure that I have the detail as to whether that correlates with the time that you are talking about. But it has been identified on the black spot program as meeting the criteria for the black spot program. In terms of the changes that have been made, it brings William Hovell Drive in line with the rest of the road network across the ACT, which is to have 80 kilometres an hour—

Mr Coe: Except that road.

MS GALLAGHER: No, 80 kilometres an hour where the road is interrupted by traffic lights.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Solaris Therapeutic Community

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Corrections and concerns the Solaris Therapeutic Community program at the AMC. Minister, I understand that the Department of Health and Ageing has decided to cease the $443,000 per annum funding to Karralika to run its component of the Solaris program, taking effect on 1 July. Minister, how can the Solaris project continue without the engagement of Karralika and the $440,000 per annum?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. I too am concerned about the funding removal to Karralika and it is something that I do not agree with. The Solaris program, as members will know, as I have previously spoken about it, is a very successful program, a very good program, to deal with drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the AMC. With regard to the steps that we are going to take as a result of this federal decision, I will provide advice in due course.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, are you aware that Karralika does not want to see cuts made to any other drug treatment services in order to restore funding for the Solaris project? Does the government agree with this position?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. I am not going to announce government policy here and now. But what I do say is that I appreciate that that is what Karralika would be saying and I will take it on notice.

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