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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (4 August) . . Page.. 3424..


MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. Will the minister tell us when he will be responding to that motion with his revised greenhouse strategy?

MR STANHOPE: We are doing it now. As I just said, the motion was quite specific. The motion was passed by the Assembly. The motion called on the government to pursue a particular direction in relation to greenhouse gas. I am seeking advice on the implications of meeting the Assembly's direction. I indicated in the debate that the cost of the initiatives the Assembly has imposed on the government is in the order of $114 million. I indicated in the debate that I did not know how we as a government or we as a community would manage to implement the Assembly's motion. Of course, I am keeping faith with the motion, acknowledging the supremacy of the legislature and proceeding to take advice on the motion the Assembly passed.

Children-kids-at-play program

MR HARGREAVES: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to the minister for sport and recreation. You recently launched a new program that increases children's participation in active play. Can you please inform the Assembly about this vital program?

MR QUINLAN: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. Yes, Mr Speaker, I would like to inform the house of the kids-at-play program which aims to promote the importance of physical activity in children's lives. The program aims to increase opportunities for children's participation in active play, to raise parental awareness of the importance of active play for their kids and to provide information, education and training to support parents to encourage active play at home, in the neighbourhood, at after-school centres and in community care programs. Kids-at-play was developed in response to the rising instance of childhood obesity, targeting children from five to 12 years.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I think Mr Quinlan's answer to the question at least reflects on item 4 standing in Ms MacDonald's name on the notice paper for today. I thought when Mr Hargreaves asked the question it was likely to. Mr Quinlan, in answering the question, has launched into it by referring to obesity. Ms MacDonald's motion states:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the high level of childhood obesity in our community; and

(2) acknowledges the need to raise awareness about childhood obesity in the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: Continue, Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: I think it is getting close to the time when the tactic of calling points of order should be evaluated.

Kids-at-play development began in advance of the announcement of the Commonwealth's building a healthy, active Australia program that provides $116 million over four years to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for


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