Page 5092 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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Sincere thanks to the committee members for their engagement and for being willing to genuinely discuss things, even if we have discussed them many times already. I am sure Mr Wall and I are looking forward to a good break from having to talk to each other. Thanks to all those outside this place who had some views on how we should operate and took the time to make some suggestions. We did take some of them on, including removing “epithet” from the standing orders on the basis that no-one knew what it meant.

Very special thanks go to the Clerk and, even more especially, to Ms Janice Rafferty, who not only had to sit through all the suggestions and negotiations but also had to keep detailed notes on what we agreed to and what we did not agree to, then write a detailed report about it and then have to deal with us making further changes to the recommendations today. Thanks very much. I am never doing a review of the standing orders again. I commend the amendment to the motion to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.45 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Calvary Hospital—plumbing

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, are you aware of any instances where wards or even whole floors at Calvary Public Hospital have been without hot water?

MS FITZHARRIS: No, I am not.

MR COE: Minister, have patients been transferred out of any wards due to a lack of hot water at Calvary at any point in the past couple of months?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will see what I can find out for Mr Coe.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, have there been any other plumbing-related problems at Calvary Public Hospital?

MS FITZHARRIS: I note the opposition’s ongoing interest in maintenance at our very busy public hospitals. What I do know about our very busy public hospitals is that staff right across Calvary and also at Canberra Hospital, the Centenary hospital and the Canberra Region Cancer Centre certainly do need to move patients from time to time for a variety of reasons in a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week operating environment. I will take the specific question on notice.

Municipal services—bike parking

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister as the minister responsible for the oversight of the City Renewal Authority. When bike parking is removed from the city for development is there a requirement for the same amount of parking to be replaced very close by, or even at the same place?

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