Page 172 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, are there any cancer patients who would otherwise be treated in the ACT in 2014 now having to travel interstate for their treatment and, if so, how many?

MS GALLAGHER: There would be no patients that would be having to have treatment interstate because of the new cancer centre building being delayed but there would at times be patients of the Capital Region Cancer Service who would need to travel interstate for a particular treatment, but not linked at all to the infrastructure project of the new cancer centre. Sometimes it is about the fact that we do not offer that particular type of treatment here but, in terms of meeting all the benchmarks in terms of people’s access to radiation oncology, all patients are being seen within recommended time frames.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: When the new centre is finally opened, how long will it be until it is fully operational with the full complement of specialist doctors, nurses and allied staff?

MS GALLAGHER: All of the service in the existing part of the hospital in the cancer stream will move into the new building. It will probably be commissioned over a short period of time, as we did with the women’s and children’s hospital when we moved paediatrics in over a period of days. There should be no significant delay once the remediation works are complete.

Uriarra Village—land purchase

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, did you ever investigate personally purchasing land at Uriarra while you have been minister for the environment?

MR CORBELL: To the best of my knowledge, no. I did have an interest in purchasing at Uriarra Village around 2008. That interest was appropriately declared on the members’ register at the time. The purchase did not proceed. I forfeited my deposit as a result and I no longer have any interest in relation to that parcel of land.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, was it the intention for the purchase of the land for you to move there personally?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Wall, I did not hear that.

MR WALL: May I rephrase it?

MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear the initial question.

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