Page 3594 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Chief Minister, what challenges does the government face in implementing its election policies?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Berry for the question. Our first year of government has been very much focused on ensuring that our city has the ability to be resilient with a stronger, more diverse economy which is able to withstand changes in the federal public service.

I think all of us—all 17 members of us—would accept that there is a degree of uncertainty and caution that exists in the city at this point in time. It is a concern that I have expressed to the Prime Minister, the fact that I think, certainly from business’s point of view, they are awaiting decisions of the commonwealth around reductions in expenditure and with their job numbers. This is presenting I think some concern.

Our economy is holding up very well. I am not going to stand here and talk down the economy. I think all of the indicators, particularly in the housing sector, show that the economy is very resilient and much more resilient than perhaps it was in 1996. But I would say that the next 12 months are going to require all of us to work together in the interests of the ACT. That will mean looking at the services we provide, new ways of doing things, partnerships with different organisations to make sure that we are promoting Canberra the best we can, and making sure that our own contribution to our local economy is targeted and supported by local industry groups so that we can support them in the best way over the next couple of years.

We are very confident that the commitments that we made in the election will be delivered upon. We have 70 per cent of them underway, which I think is a very big achievement in the first 12 months. We have three further years to roll them out. There are challenges on the horizon, but I think that if we are all on the same page we will be able to deal with them as they arise.

ACT Ambulance Service—cardiac monitoring

MS LAWDER: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, regarding the government’s $3.8 million procurement for MRx monitors for the ACT Ambulance Service, have there been any adverse patient outcomes resulting from these MRx monitors?

MR CORBELL: Based on advice received from the Chief Officer ACT Ambulance and also from the representations and comments made by the union that represents ambulance paramedics, the answer to that question is no.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why has the ACT Ambulance Service been forced to issue clinical safety notices and an alert?

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