Page 2724 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how many NGOs have been providing on-demand supervised transfer services in the territory over the past two years?

MS BURCH: There are not a lot. I think there are less than five.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, have the invoices of all supervised transport service providers been paid within the agreed terms in the last two years? If no, why, and what was the highest total owing to all service providers during that time?

MS BURCH: I clearly do not have that level of information in front of me, but CSD is committed to making sure that the community sector is supported. That includes payment of invoices.

MS HUNTER: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary.

MS HUNTER: Minister, what is the time line for having those discussions, finalising the tender specs and putting it out to tender?

MS BURCH: We are very close to finalising what will be the proposed schedule of fees and expectations within that suite of services. I think the next conversation is about whether you go to those organisations that currently provide it, almost as a select tender approach rather than a public tender approach. So that is the conversation that we need to have: how do we go about securing and procuring those services?

Mental health—in-patient facility

MR COE: My question is directed to the Minister for Health. In the 2008 election you promised to build a secure mental health facility. Funding was provided in the 2008 budget. In the 2009 and 2010 budgets the funding was rolled over and the project was cancelled in 2011 due to cost blow-outs. In 2012 you have funded “forward design” work for the project. Based on your previous record on this facility, can you guarantee that this facility will be built?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, the facility will be built. Again, if I can just remind members of the history of this project, the secure mental health facility was originally to be co-located with the adult mental health unit on the site of the Canberra Hospital. After some very significant concerns were raised with me by consumers and carers about that approach, the government decided to separate the projects. The funding that

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