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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 October 2017) . . Page.. 4327 ..

MR BARR: Those documents are available. I release them as part of the budget papers each year: cost of living statements as well as the taxation review, the five-yearly update and the concessions review. The ACT government does not have access to every piece of information regarding income in the territory, as that is held nationally. But there are a number of documents that are publicly available. If Mr Coe or his office could get off their lazy backsides they would find it publicly available.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—efficiency dividend

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, has the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children been asked to find an efficiency dividend or any form of cost saving? If so, how much?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. Certainly not to my knowledge and certainly not at my request.

MRS DUNNE: Does this mean that you have not been briefed on this matter? To what extent would finding an efficiency dividend or other form of cost saving stretch the already stretched women’s and children’s hospital, particularly the maternity section?

MS FITZHARRIS: I would certainly expect to be briefed by my department if that were the case. But as I indicated, they have not—

Mrs Dunne: You so infrequently are.

MS FITZHARRIS: The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children is indeed a busy place, as Mrs Dunne has said. I thank her office for forwarding me the information that she referenced during yesterday’s Question Time. I will provide further advice. It has certainly not been at my direction.

MRS JONES: Minister, with regard to the efficiency dividend or any other form of such that may be requested or may have been requested, does the method of housing women in the same room that they give birth in have anything to do with the busyness of that place at the moment?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have already answered the assumption made in Mrs Jones’s supplementary, so I have no further comment to make on the question.

Transport—integrated network

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, how is the ACT government preparing the Transport Canberra bus network for the introduction of light rail and an integrated public transport system from late 2018?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cody very much for the question. Indeed, 2018 is a very big year for public transport in Canberra. As well as delivering the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, the Barr Labor government is delivering on our election

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