Page 1726 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 May 2013

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when did you first learn of the inherent deficiencies in the track and why have you let the facility get to such a state?

MR BARR: I am aware that there have been concerns in relation to the track for a period of time. We commissioned some work, an engineering report, and sought advice in relation to that report. Once that advice was provided, I acted immediately.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will you release the Cardno consulting engineers’ report into the facility in the Assembly or to the cycling fraternity?

MR BARR: I already have, Madam Speaker.

MS BERRY: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, what have you done to support the cycling sport in the ACT?

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Berry, I am sorry; I really did not hear your question.

MS BERRY: What has the minister done to support the cycling sport in the ACT?

MR BARR: The ACT government has been one of the strongest supporters of cycling and a variety of cycling events within the territory. In fact, one would imagine that if we were to compare the ACT government’s support for cycling in its various forms with that of other governments around the country, we would be the leading jurisdiction. We have invested heavily in infrastructure for major events, for example, Stromlo Forest Park. We have supported the world mountain bike championships. We have supported the construction of the criterium circuit at Stromlo Forest Park. We have supported a number of significant events within that precinct and elsewhere in the territory. And of course our investment in cycling infrastructure across the territory for recreational pursuits and also for the more elite end of the sport, be it road or other forms of cycling, is second to none.


MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health. Constituents have told me that there are ongoing issues around patients trying to access medical attention for illnesses after hours. It seems to have become a practice for patients presenting at emergency to then be referred to the nurse-led walk-in centre, and then to have to leave and attend the privately owned Phillip Medical Centre for treatment when a doctor’s services are required. Does the minister consider it to be good practice for ACT Health that a patient has to attend three different services before being appropriately treated?

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