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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3613..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

That is what we want to see and that is why we are going to proceed with our nurse-led walk-in centres. They are operating to a very high degree of success across the world. There is no reason why they should not work here and there is no reason why we should not give our nurses the capacity to extend their scope of practice to deliver such a wide range of services as are being offered right this minute in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has achieved extremely high patient satisfaction levels and extremely high throughput and this, of course, has really helped ease some of the pressure on emergency departments.

This is the only way forward in health. We have seen Mr Seselja welcome our vision forward for health care in the ACT. We have not received that same commitment from the current shadow Minister for Health. She is in dispute with her leader over what is the right way forward in health.

This is not about being politically convenient. It is not about outlining policies that are unachievable or unfunded or simply cannot be delivered. It is about a realistic, sensible, well thought through, heavily consulted on plan for the future of our health system. This community deserves this plan. This community, if we are re-elected, will have this plan delivered in full and in time for the health tsunami that will hit this city in around 2016.

It is not about spaceships. It is not about patients being taken to the moon for treatment. In fact, it is not even about exorcism as a way of dealing with some of the issues that young women might present with, although I think we need the shadow Minister for Health to come out and say she does not support that type of health response to a health issue. It is not about spaceships. It is about a plan for the future that will deliver this community the health services and the health workforce that they deserve, that they, in fact, need and that will be required to be delivered over the next 10 years.

One of our key areas of pride in this city is our very high levels of health and our high levels of access to our public health system and the satisfaction and pride within our health system. It is this community's health system. To provide the system that we need for ourselves and our children we in this place, as community leaders, need to get behind the plan, support it, commit to funding it and commit to the certainties of the health work force to deliver it.

That is what the health industry out there are after. They are after strong commitments about the 10-year plan for the future of this health system in the ACT. They have got it from the ACT government. They have got it from the Labor Party. They wait in silence to hear from those opposite about the priorities they have for the public health system of the ACT, which is, and should always be, the main focus of any ACT government.

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MRS BURKE: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister. Deputy Chief Minister, you are one of two shareholders in Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd. In a unanimous


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