Page 178 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 28 November 2012
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, Madam Speaker, and I am trying to abide by your directions. I really am. It is very, very difficult when it turns into a sort of comedy show on the other side.
MADAM SPEAKER: Perhaps you should not be quite so tempted, Chief Minister.
MS GALLAGHER: The $2 million—it may mean that some groups that would apply under the current arrangements, the current criteria, if we align it as we had indicated prior to the election, when I said that I wanted a greater focus on children’s health and making sure that we were dealing with areas of physical activity, active transport to school and appropriate weight or healthy weight ranges for children—this will be the focus of the health promotion grants round.
But this is money that is applied for every year. So in that sense, I cannot answer hypothetically what groups that may apply may not be eligible anymore without knowing who they are and what they would be applying for.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will this affect the distribution of funding for groups applying for the 2013-14 funding round?
MS GALLAGHER: For the funding rounds that are already open, they would continue as normal.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, you said that the ACT has a preventative health task force. Can you tell us who is on that task force, please, and give us its terms of reference? You also stated in your answer that the ACT has a preventative health strategy. Could you please table that strategy?
MS GALLAGHER: This is a whole-of-government group that has been put together. It has Tony Stubbs on it, it has the Chief Health Officer on it and it has a number of other officers on it. I am very happy to provide you with that list. They have been working on a whole-of-government strategy for active living. Some of that work of course was contained in our election commitments, but it has been work that I asked—
Mr Hanson: That is not a task force.
MS GALLAGHER: It is a task force.
Mr Hanson: No, it isn’t.
MS GALLAGHER: It is a task force, Mr Hanson. They have been tasked—
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher—