Page 3082 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, did the children’s education and care assurance section conduct any announced or unannounced visits of the Conder Early Learning Centre between December 2014 and June 2015 and, if so, how many?

MS BURCH: With that level of detail I would have to take it on notice and come back.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, have you, the children’s education and care assurance section or your directorate been notified of any other instances of the Conder Early Learning Centre not meeting the quality areas under the national quality standard and/or breaching policies and procedures? If so, when and what are these instances?

MS BURCH: As mentioned, anything that was in the public domain following that incident was looked at as part of all their considerations. There were two matters of noncompliance and that has been notified. Going back to Ms Lawder’s earlier comment around the timing, it is my advice—it has just come to me—that on 24 July the assurance unit was notified by the provider that there had been an incident on 23 July, and also on the morning of the 24th the unit received a phone call from parents. So it seems the following day from the incident is when we became aware of it and instigated actions and investigations.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the next question, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the chamber of Ms Amaris Bailey, who is a year 12 student at Gungahlin College and who has been doing work experience in the office of Ms Meegan Fitzharris over the last five weeks. Welcome to your Assembly!

Questions without notice

Canberra Hospital—energy use

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you tell the Assembly about the $3.3 million of funding from the carbon-neutral ACT government fund to increase energy efficiency at the Canberra Hospital that you recently announced?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell as the Minister for Health or as the Minister for the Environment?

MR CORBELL: You could probably cover it in either, Madam Speaker. I thank Dr Bourke for his question. Last month I was very pleased to announce that the government will spend approximately $3.3 million to increase energy efficiency and reduce electricity bills at the Canberra Hospital. The funds for this project have been allocated from the carbon-neutral ACT government fund, which, of course, the government set up a number of years ago to provide assistance to ACT government agencies to reduce their electricity consumption, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to achieve savings in their budgets and to allow them to spend more money in other parts of their portfolios rather than on paying for electricity.

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