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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2677..


MR MOORE: To the best of my knowledge, he has not been offered his job back. The question raises a very important issue, Mr Wood. I was disappointed that you and Mr Hird were not able to make it today to the launch of the incontinence clinic. I know that both of you had accepted invitations. We accept invitations to things on sitting days even though we might not be able to attend.

Mr Rugendyke: I tried to get there, but I missed it too. I apologise.

MR MOORE: Mr Rugendyke was unable to make it either. I had to more or less force the television people, who were there to ask me about corrections issues, to consider the matter of incontinence. An issue that urologists deal with is prostate cancer. We have just launched the incontinence clinic, a free clinic at the health building in Moore Street. I was able to point out some of the advantages, including men learning how to do their pelvic floor exercises.

Mr Stefaniak: Show us how.

MR MOORE: Like this, Bill. You will be pleased to know I am doing my pelvic floor exercises at this very minute as I speak, and I hope other men are able to do them as well. These exercises not only give you an advantage in dealing with incontinence but also help you get and maintain an erection so that you will be able to avoid the use of Viagra, which could be useful as well.

The incontinence clinic at the Moore Street building will be open from 9.30 to 4.00 each day and will be a free service. Mr Wood's health committee recommended it in their first report to this Assembly on men's health. I thought you would be pleased to know how that is going.

Any further questions about Dr Yeaman and his review I will take on notice.

Olympic Games in Beijing

MS TUCKER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Given the sister city relationship Canberra has with Beijing and the fact that Canberra was such a strong partner in supporting Beijing's bid for the Olympic Games, what is your understanding of the capacity of Falun Gong practitioners to compete in the Olympic Games in China?

MR HUMPHRIES: I do not know what capacity there is for Falun Gong practitioners to compete in China. It is not a matter which has intruded itself into negotiations between Canberra and Beijing about the sister city relationship. I am not particularly surprised by that fact. I am not sure that I am in a position to find out even what the position of Falun Gong practitioners would be at the Beijing Olympics in seven years time, but I will say that the issues that Ms Tucker has raised of respect for human rights are ones that I have already responded to in this place in regard to an earlier question and I would hope that we will see wide access to the Olympic Games by people from all religious and other persuasions irrespective of their backgrounds and that there will be an open and eclectic Olympic Games in 2008.


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