Page 162 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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MS LEE: Chief Minister, will you commit to doing something to resolve this issue prior to Christmas, or is the government expecting the business to have a dark and dry Christmas?

MR BARR: No, I would not wish a dark and dry Christmas on anyone, Ms Lee. I must say that if there is a way to adequately resolve this issue to the satisfaction of the regulator in terms of electrical safety, the electricity company and the business before Christmas that would be a great gift to everyone in the community, to the business, to those who might enjoy the product and to those who still like reading live ads in the Assembly.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Gungahlin—public school places

MS BERRY: Mr Milligan asked a question regarding school capacity in Gungahlin. The government has committed to increase capacity at the Gold Creek senior school and at Franklin school. There is no decision about what that capacity would look like or whether it would change the application of the school. We will have a conversation with the community about that. We will also be building a new P-10 school in Molonglo, we will accelerate feasibility and design work for a new school in Gungahlin, and we will commence planning work for a new school in west Belconnen at Ginninderra.

Community Services Directorate—disability services providers

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: During yesterday’s question time I was asked a number of questions by Ms Lee and Ms Kikkert regarding the provision of disability and therapy services in the ACT. I can confirm that 64 disability service providers were previously funded by the ACT government to provide specialist disability services prior to the launch of the NDIS in the ACT. As at 30 September 2016 there were 321 service providers registered with the NDIS. I can also confirm that 58 staff previously employed by Disability ACT and Therapy ACT are still working in government. This includes 25 staff members who currently work at the ACT Child Development Service.

Canberra Hospital—bed occupancy rates

MS FITZHARRIS: Mrs Kikkert and Ms Lee asked me questions yesterday about bed occupancy. There were three questions taken. Mrs Kikkert asked whether the Canberra Hospital had been operating at or above 85 per cent, and if so for how long. I can inform the Assembly that since the time I became Minister for Health on 1 November 2016 until 10 December, occupancy and overnight beds at Canberra Hospital averaged 92 per cent. Occupancy ranged between 85 and 98 per cent over this time.

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