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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2207 ..

MR WALL: Minister, what responsibility do you take, as the minister responsible for the Health Directorate, for the significant dysfunction and the poor culture that is present?

MS FITZHARRIS: I refer members to my previous statements extensively made about the responsibility I am taking to make sure that ACT Health has a sustainable and successful future and consults and engages with its staff in particular over the coming months, looking forward to two new organisations later this year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A question without notice, Ms Cheyne.

MS CHEYNE: Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Ms Lawder; I thought you were standing to ask a question.

Ms Lawder: I was, but I would like to point out that the standing orders allow for people who have difficulty standing. I must say I am quite slow standing at the moment, with my foot in a moon boot. I think it was a little unfair to be penalised for that.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not penalising you, Ms Lawder. Ms Cheyne has the call. We have limited time and I am trying to be fair, going across the chamber. Mrs Dunne had the last call. I am giving the call to this side.

Ms Lawder: I am not sure that this is fair when we have more people to ask questions.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Cheyne, you have the call.


MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. How will the 2018-19 budget deliver more essential city services and local community infrastructure for our growing city?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cheyne very much for the question. Through this year’s ACT budget we are delivering even more high quality city services and amenities in our established suburbs and in new or expanded neighbourhoods, including those with recent greenfield and brownfield residential development. For example, the annual mowing program will have increased capacity to manage accelerated grass growth, particularly following wet periods across our city. There will be more weed control, including hand weeding of suburban shrub beds, and chemical control of weeds in kerbs, gutters and around roadway barriers. This will improve the look of our city and will particularly focus on major entry roads to the ACT, including around Canberra airport. This work will also assist in preventing unnecessary damage to existing infrastructure.

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