Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 787 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: I call the Minister for Health. I am sure that the minister will get to the point.
MS FITZHARRIS: I do note that one of the most important actions the government can take to prevent the outbreak of infectious disease is immunisation and I have outlined that we have a very high rate of immunisation.
MR WALL: Minister, how reliable is the ACT government’s data regarding vaccination rates amongst infants, toddlers and school-age children?
MS FITZHARRIS: If the opposition had done their research, they would know that that is collected through the national immunisation register and that many health providers across the territory provide immunisations, not just the ACT government—GPs, for example—who then provide their data to the commonwealth to inform the national immunisation register. So the data is very reliable and since our data—
Mr Hanson: A point of order, Madam Speaker. The question was how reliable is the—
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, wait until I give you the call on the point of order.
Mr Hanson: My apologies, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Hanson?
Mr Hanson: I do, on relevance. The question was about how reliable the ACT government’s data is regarding vaccination rates. The minister has talked about the federal government—
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. She is talking about—
Mr Hanson: GPs and others collecting data. Specifically—
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please sit down. Continue your response, Minister for Health.
MS FITZHARRIS: As I was saying, national immunisation data is collected by the commonwealth government under the national immunisation register because it is a shared responsibility. The national immunisation register informs the ACT of immunisation rates in the territory because the information is provided by a number of providers, many of whom are actually outside the ACT health system.
Public housing—Northbourne Avenue corridor
MR PARTON: My question is directed to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, in recent advice to the planning and urban renewal committee, you confirmed that there would be no public housing in the Northbourne Avenue redevelopment. Why are you denying public housing tenants the community