Health Advisory Councils

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:54): My question is to the Minister for Health. Will the minister immediately lift the threshold at which HACs need central approval for expenditure from $25,000 to $75,000, as recommended by the Social Development Committee?

The Hon. J.J. SNELLING (Playford—Minister for Health, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Health Industries) (14:54): We will have a very good look at the Social Development Committee report. I know that they have done an extensive piece of work. Obviously, we need to get advice from Treasury as well because one of the issues we have is that, when the HACs spend money, it does have an impact on the budget that we need to take into account. I am more than happy to have a good look and get some advice on those recommendations in the Social Development Committee report.

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