Page 3097 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. Do you have further information to provide on your answer?

Ms Fitzharris: No.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what is the level of risk that you are prepared to tolerate while caring for patients in an ageing asset rather than replacing the asset?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have taken very sound advice from the ACT Health Directorate which has worked closely with a number of experts including engineers and subject matter experts to inform the decisions that the government has previously taken to invest in the upgrade of existing assets, irrespective of their age, at the Canberra Hospital.

I am very confident that the very capable and skilled staff, clinical and non-clinical, undertake their due diligence and their professional responsibility to the highest standard, to get the advice that they need to inform themselves and make recommendations to me and to the government about the priorities that we need to set. There is nothing more important to me as the health minister than to ensure the health and well being of Canberrans and to ensure that our services are high quality and that our facilities are high quality.

There will, of course, always be work to do, and it is incumbent on governments to undertake appropriate work and seek expert advice to make decisions to fund and deliver on those improvements, and that is exactly what we are doing.

ACTION bus service—flexibus

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, the inner south Canberra flexible bus will collect from suburbs such as Deakin, Kingston and Red Hill and will drop passengers at Woden town centre, Cooleman Court and, when requested, the Canberra Hospital. Why does the bus not allow passengers to be dropped at the Manuka shopping precinct?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Lee for the question. I was not aware that it does not allow passengers to do that but I do understand that this is a very important and valuable service. I will take the specific question on notice and provide a further answer to the Assembly.

MS LEE: Minister, will the government consider increasing the flexibility of this supposed flexible bus to allow passengers to board and be dropped off at the Manuka shopping precinct?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, Madam Speaker.

MR PARTON: Minister, how does the government support the residents of the inner south with public transport to access the inner south major shopping precinct, Manuka?

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