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Question Without Notice No. 1125 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

PALLIATIVE CARE — FUNDING

1125. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

Madam President —

The PRESIDENT: Honourable member, I was advised by somebody in the chamber that you have a very happy birthday today. Is that correct?

Hon NICK GOIRAN: Yes. Thank you, Madam President.

I refer to the minister's announcement on 10 October 2019 advising of an additional $17.8 million to enhance palliative care services.

(1) How was the figure of $17.8 million determined?

(2) On what date did the minister make the decision to endorse a recommendation of that amount?

(3) Will the minister table the document that was the basis for the decision to recommend or approve that amount?

(4) If no to (3) and given the government's revised legislative priorities for 2019, will the minister undertake to expedite a section 82 notice to the Auditor General?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The figure was determined having regard to the recommendations of the report of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices—specifically, recommendations 7, 8 and 12.

(2)–(4) The recommendations of the Expenditure Review Committee were endorsed by cabinet on 7 October 2019. Documents are cabinet-in-confidence.