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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2016) . . Page.. 261 ..

Supplementary answers to questions on notice

Canberra Olympic pool

MS BERRY: Following up on a question on Tuesday from Mr Doszpot on the Canberra Olympic pool, I can advise that since the removal of the level 3 water restrictions, Icon Water has reduced its use of water efficiency management plans and does not have a plan in place with the Canberra Olympic pool.

Icon has confirmed it is reviewing its permanent water conservation measures in light of the completion of major projects such as the Cotter Dam enlargement and the Murrumbidgee to Googong transfer plan. Icon and sport and rec services have been working closely in efforts to address the leaks at Canberra Olympic pool, in addition to the works carried out last year, through daily monitoring.

Health—elective surgery

MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Mr Smyth asked me a question where he said:

Minister, does the federal ROGS report, at table11A.21, show that, compared to the rest of Australia, in 2014-15 Canberra had longer elective surgery wait times on every measure?

The answer to Mr Smyth’s question is no. The figures for the most recent full year, published in table 11A.21 of ROGS show that the ACT was not the worst performance jurisdiction on any of the waiting time measures: for days waited at the 50th percentile, the median waiting time, the ACT’s result of 45 days was better than New South Wales at 54 days and Tasmania at 55 days. The 45 days reported for the ACT from 2015-16 was the fifth year in a row with improved median waiting times.

For the days waited at the 90th percentile, the time in which 90 per cent or the time within when most people are admitted for surgery, the ACT’s result of 245 days was better than the national figure of 253 days. The ACT’s admission rate for elective surgery at 30.6 per 1,000 people was higher than the national rate of 29.5 per 1,000 head of population.

I can advise Mr Smyth and those opposite that the answer to Mr Smyth’s question is no, it is not the case that compared to the rest of Australia Canberra had longer elective surgery wait times on every measure.

Schools—children with disabilities

MR RATTENBURY: On Tuesday Mr Wall asked me a question about school seclusion spaces and how many have been inspected to ensure they are compliant. The answer to Mr Wall’s question is that there are various types of spaces available to students requiring a quiet space to help manage their behaviour. These spaces include tents, teepees and soft furnishings in corners of classrooms, rooms adjacent to classrooms where line of sight can be maintained by the classroom teacher, and fenced courtyards adjacent to classrooms which allow children safe access to an outdoor space during class time.

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