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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5405 ..

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—aluminium cladding

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, in your answer to question on notice 521 you said that ACT Health was first made aware of the fire risk posed by the cladding at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children on 30 June 2017. You also said that you were advised of the risks on 24 July 2017. Minister, why did it take your directorate three weeks to advise you that there was flammable cladding on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children?

MS FITZHARRIS: ACT Health advised me when they had further information to advise about their approach to identifying and fixing the cladding issue that had been discovered at the Centenary hospital.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what concerns did you raise with your directorate about the delay in advising you, especially given that there had already been a fire at the Canberra Hospital campus earlier in the year?

MS FITZHARRIS: When I was advised I was also advised that the percentage of the cladding on the building was very low. I was also advised that there was no risk to the building and that ACT Health’s prior approval of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children had been verified by ACT Fire & Rescue. They advised me that the building was very safe but that they would take extra precautions in the context of the broader work happening across the ACT government responding to that incident. I was assured that the building was safe, and I continue to talk to ACT Health about briefings.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why have you failed to take action to ensure that you are advised quickly of problems in your directorate?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have not.

ACTION bus service—NXTBUS information service

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services and relates to the NXTBUS information service. Minister, I am a regular NXTBUS user and I have noticed ghost buses that turn up at the stop but were not on NXTBUS. I know I am not alone; quite a few people have commented about this online. Minister, why is NXTBUS missing some services?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the question on notice.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, when light rail starts, will NXTBUS also cover light rail? If so, will it be renamed?

MS FITZHARRIS: On the second part of the question, I do not believe so. But certainly what I can tell Ms Le Couteur about light rail, as I think she knows, is that in a sense light rail is operating so frequently along a set route that any passenger seeking to use the light rail route will know that in peak hours there will be very

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