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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6486

Mr Oakeshott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 14 May 2009:

What is the status of all submissions made to the Health and Hospitals Fund that relate to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

Ms Roxon (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The application to the Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) relating to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital has not been considered by the Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board. The application was received too late to be considered in the process which formed the basis of the $3.2 billion HHF funding package announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

The Australian Government is still considering possible priorities for future HHF funding. A copy of the application will be kept on record and it may be considered under a future funding round.