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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (16 October) . . Page.. 2949..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The government has set itself the target of increasing the proportion of 19-year-olds with a year 12 certificate or equivalent to 95 per cent by 2013. The ACT continues to lead the country with high rates of school completion, and there are strong upward trends in 19-year-olds with a year 12 certificate or equivalent.

Finally, the Canberra social plan includes a target of increasing to 70 per cent the proportion of 25 to 64-year-olds with post-school qualifications. The proportion of ACT people aged 25 to 64 years with post-school qualifications has steadily increased since the release of the Canberra social plan. We have almost met the target, with 69 per cent of the population group in 2006 having post-school qualifications.

In conclusion, the ACT government remains committed to the priorities and goals it has established in the Canberra social plan. Canberrans expect and deserve the best possible health and education system and public amenities. The progress report I table today not only shows what this government has been delivering since the Canberra social plan was launched 31/2 years ago, but provides ample evidence of the government's strong and continuing commitment to fulfilling its vision that Canberra become a place where all people reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of our community.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Debate (on motion by Dr Foskey ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public hospital system

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Ms Porter, Mr Pratt, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Mr Mulcahy be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The state of the public hospital system in the ACT.

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (4.02): I am pleased that this matter of public importance was selected today because the state of the public hospital system is—and I am sure that all members will agree with me on this much—a matter of utmost importance. Indeed, there are few greater priorities of government in the ACT than providing an efficient health service, including, of course, public hospitals that serve the needs of the Canberra community.

I have already spoken today in relation to my colleague Mr Stefaniak's motion of grave concern about the ACT government, especially in relation to the health system. Although I will mention briefly the same figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that I quoted this morning, it is my intention to focus much of my

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