Page 5365 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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Where a clinician identifies a need for a prosthetic that is outside of the standard items available and carries an additional cost, this can be provided with executive level approval. Providing the optimal outcome to the patient is the primary consideration.

ACT Health—elective surgery

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Tuesday, 30 October 2018):

The ACT Health Directorate is working with Canberra Health Services and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in relation to improving timeliness for elective surgery in the ACT.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—plumbing issues

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to supplementary questions by Mrs Jones and Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 30 October 2018):

1. On 3 August 2018, three patients were moved as a result of a leak in the medical paediatric ward.

2. Investigations are still ongoing and have yet to determine if this issue is covered by building insurance or warranty.

Taxation—commercial property rates

Mr Barr (in reply to a question by Mr Coe on Wednesday, 31 October 2018):

In 2016 a number of properties along Melrose Drive and Parramatta Street Phillip had been purchased for between $4 million and $9 million. Some of the purchases were made by car dealers seeking strategic acquisitions or to consolidate their property holdings in Phillip.

These sales indicated that property values in Phillip had increased significantly and that existing unimproved values were well below the market. The sales established a benchmark for unimproved values of around $700 to $1200 per square metre. Consequently, unimproved values for rating purposes were increased from 1 January 2017 to reflect these new benchmarks.

The revised unimproved values maintain the integrity of the rating system by ensuring that the property valuations for Phillip are comparable with other commercial areas of the Territory. They also maintain the equity and progressivity of the Territory’s ACT rates system by ensuring that increases in property wealth are appropriately recognised and taxed accordingly.

Ginninderry—environmental impact statement

Mr Gentleman (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Lee on Wednesday, 31 October 2018):

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