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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.
MRS JONES: Are the locations where the ACT government breast screening program is delivered easily accessible for the target women?
MS GALLAGHER: I would think so. We cannot have one operating in every district in the ACT, particularly now with some of the improvements we have put through with the mammogram machines, because you just could not afford to run or fragment a service across a number of different campuses. I believe so. Again, if people are having trouble or need arrangements there are organisations that can help with transport to those locations. Again, the BreastScreen staff are wonderful in terms of being flexible and doing everything they can to make sure the appointment is easy and that information is provided back as quickly as possible.
Again, I think in the last year we have had problems in terms of staffing, which has presented challenges with getting people appointments on time. I think we have addressed all of that now. The appointments are there. We are continuing to work with New South Wales around an agreement for some of the New South Wales women who work in the ACT who would like to use BreastScreen ACT’s services. I am hopeful that we will have agreement there, using up some of our spare capacity that we have at the moment.
MR COE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, the saga at Giralang shops has dragged on for many years, with the Giralang community, including the primary school, being big losers throughout. Today’s Canberra Times reports that the government is investigating allegations of different assessments of grocery sales at the proposed site. Minister, what information has come to light and what options are open to the government for intervention in this matter?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for the question. It is the case, as is reported in the Canberra Times this morning, that I have received a complaint from an individual in relation to allegations of misleading information submitted as part of the development application process that led to the approval of the development at the Giralang shops. I have asked my directorate and the Government Solicitor’s Office to consider these issues closely and to provide me with appropriate advice. That assessment is ongoing at this time, and it would be inappropriate to speculate further on those matters until I am in receipt of the advice from the Government Solicitor’s Office and have determined whether or not further action is warranted.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, what is the role of the government, given that the issue has already been heard in the Supreme Court?