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MS BERRY: As members could be aware from reports in the Canberra Times, the Foy Group has not met the requirements of the contract at this stage. It is still under a settlement process, which was the last advice I have received.
MS LEE: Minister, if the government has not yet terminated the contract for sale, will you be seeking money from the Foy Group for remediation and other works done on the site?
MS BERRY: I refer the member to my previous answer. The process is still continuing.
MS LAWDER: Minister, how much money does FOY owe in penalties under the contract for sale for the delayed completion, and will the government pursue this debt?
MS BERRY: On the second part of the question, the settlement process is still continuing, and I will have to get some advice on the first part of the question.
ACT Health—opioid treatment review
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to the Penington Institute Australia’s annual overdose report for 2017 which was published this week. The report shows that there were 53 deaths in the ACT from overdoses of pharmaceutical opioids between 2011 and 2015. There were also 27 deaths from heroin overdose in the same period in the ACT. On 2 August, minister, you advised the Assembly that a long-overdue report on opioid treatment options would be ready by the middle of September. Have you now received this report and, if so, will you make it available to the Assembly?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. It was not a report; it was particular guidelines. Yes, I received those yesterday and I look forward to having a few more days to discuss those with ACT Health directly.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, why was this review five years late given the number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses in the ACT?
MS FITZHARRIS: I think Mrs Dunne is potentially mixing up the overdose report and the treatment guidelines, which were for people on prescribed opioid treatment. However, I have also previously answered the question about the delays in finalising those particular guidelines that she referred to in her first question.
MR WALL: Minister, why did it take the Canberra Times publishing an article on the report being five years overdue for you to ensure that the report eventually got finalised?
MS FITZHARRIS: It was not only the Canberra Times report that prompted me to be aware of the delay in those guidelines.