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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . . Page.. 2952..


Dr Foskey: I am sorry, Mr Speaker; that was not complete.

MR SPEAKER: Is there another question outstanding? Would you like to let us know what the problem is, Dr Foskey?

Dr Foskey: There is no problem. The problem is that I listed four questions and I have been told about three. I am waiting for an explanation about question No 2121.

MR SPEAKER: Minister?

Mr Corbell: My understanding is that Dr Foskey has asked about questions on notice Nos 2003, 2082, 2117 and 2121.

Dr Foskey: Yes.

Mr Corbell: And I have answered all of them.

Dr Foskey: Excellent.

Canberra—government investment

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, 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 Ms Porter be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of Government investment in building a better city and a stronger community for all Canberrans.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (3.18): In all areas of government, the Stanhope government has delivered a better city and a stronger community through its investment. We have taken the long-term decisions to prepare our community for the future. That is the advantage of having a stable team that is united, experienced and energetic. The Stanhope government has kept Canberra's economy strong, meaning that we can now prepare Canberra for the long term, with more health and community services, and it is this strong record that I will reflect on today.

The cornerstone of the government's commitment to better human services is the Canberra social plan. It provides a vision for building a better city and a stronger community. The 2007 progress report demonstrated the significant improvements it has driven for our community. It reported that fundamental reforms have been initiated in almost all areas of government activity and service delivery, including high-profile changes in public education, housing and health systems. Most particularly, this has been done by supporting community activities and celebrations, providing local support to families in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong in the form of child and family centres, and giving concessions on utilities to more than 26,000


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