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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 1730..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

strategy household survey and not from the recently released Australian secondary school alcohol and drug survey, and would be affected in any event as a result of changes within the illicit drug using scene experienced here in the ACT.

There has also been a significant increase in the notification of prostate cancers, mainly due to increased screening using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. Mortality due to breast cancer appears to have increased since 1995, but the ACT is currently updating its mortality statistics to confirm this trend and to investigate it further. Incidence of breast cancer is acknowledged to be higher in populations with higher socioeconomic status, and the link with higher socioeconomic status is associated with females having earlier menstruation due to better nutrition, being on average older at the birth of their first child, or not having children. Although participation in breast screening cannot be clearly linked to early mortality rates, the ACT does have the highest participation in the breast screening program.

Mr Speaker, there are a couple of other things that I will note before concluding. The rate of chlamydial infection is lower in the ACT. However, it has increased over the period 1995 to 2000 and the trend has been observed nationally. Indeed, there has been a very significant increase in chlamydial infection in the ACT and in Australia nationally, which is a concern in that this infection, if untreated, can cause infertility in women.

One other thing that is of interest in the Chief Health Officer's report is the significant increase in whooping cough in the ACT, particularly in the year 2000. It is hoped that the increase in whooping cough in the year 2000 was an aberration and that it will not be repeated.

Financial Management Act

Papers and statement by minister

Mr QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Financial Management Act-

Pursuant to section 15-Instrument directing a reallocation of funds, including a statement of reasons, dated 14 May 2002.

Pursuant to section 16-Instruments (6) directing a transfer of appropriations between departments, including statements of reasons, dated 14 May 2002.

Pursuant to section 17-Instrument varying appropriation related to Commonwealth funding, including a statement of reasons, dated 14 May 2002.

I ask for leave to make a very short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, as required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I have tabled these instruments and statements of the reasons for them. Variations under sections 15 and 16 of the Financial Management Act allow for changes to appropriations


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