The Hon. DAVID OLDFIELD: My question is to the Minister for Juvenile Justice, representing the Minister for Disability Services. Can the Minister explain why the disability-specific facility Stockton Hospital is to be closed? As, in preparation for closure, the hospital is no longer admitting patients, where are those patients being sent? Is it correct that the disabled people who would otherwise be admitted to Stockton Hospital are now being admitted to aged care facilities? Is it correct that the Government intends to sell the Stockton Hospital site for development? If so, will the funds generated by that sale be used to replace the disability services that will be taken from the people of the Newcastle area?
The Hon. CARMEL TEBBUTT: I undertake to refer the question to the Minister in the other place and to obtain a response as soon as possible.