Page 462 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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Ms Gallagher: I’ve already sorted it.

MR HANSON: If you feel that you have sorted it, that is good, but I make the point that if you need that bipartisan approach to make sure you get the result, it is on offer. I am glad to hear the federal government, as a result of the concerns about the ED tampering and the recognition it is not performing as well as the government thought, have agreed to change the targets.

There are many solutions to the problems that plague our ED waiting times. The government, no doubt, have some of the answers, but they do not have all the answers, and it is disappointing to me that we are missing an opportunity where we could have somebody external to this place, somebody expert in the process, somebody apolitical, actually examine what the problems are in order to come up with the solutions so that we could have a better result for the Canberrans waiting in our EDs. That is what it is all about. I am very disappointed that that opportunity has been missed.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Major events at Manuka Oval

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.58): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) Manuka Oval has played host to two international sporting events in the past month and more are planned for the future;

(b) the key role that Cricket ACT has played in raising the profile of cricket in the Territory and congratulates them for their success in doing so;

(c) that both matches were well patronised, with tickets to the second event, the One Day International cricket match between Australia and the West Indies, sold out weeks before the game was held;

(d) that many people, including people from interstate, and other tourists, as well as local families, needed to take their cars to the game and parking options were extremely limited;

(e) that notwithstanding that the size of the crowds were known well in advance, there were a number of event management aspects that attracted widespread criticism including long queues for food and drink at both games and parking which not only impacted on those attending the games but also residents; and

(f) that the Government’s response to parking management was to bring in additional parking inspectors to book cars that were parked contrary to current regulations; and

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