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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2331..


MS PORTER (continuing):

put forward a number of proposals that I believe warrant further consideration. The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee has provided an important basis for this work through its efforts to develop a voluntary code for the sale of animals other than from saleyards.

The next step is to develop a mandatory code. The discussion paper that I will table in the coming months will play an important role in this. Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done yet. I look forward to the important and continued consultation that I will be having with industry and with the community in relation to this matter. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (7.58): I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Ms Le Couteur: Mr Speaker, I want a chance to debate the adjournment. I seek leave-

MR SPEAKER: Normally this is a question that should be put immediately. The Assembly can grant Ms Le Couteur leave if it wishes. Does the Assembly wish to grant Ms Le Couteur leave?

Leave not granted.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

Hospitals-waiting lists

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (8.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australian Hospital Statistics 2008-09 report released on 17 June 2010 shows that elective surgery waiting times in the ACT are the longest in Australia;

(b) the report shows that since the previous report was released in 2009:

(i) the median waiting time for elective surgery in the ACT (days waited at the 50th percentile) has worsened from 72 to 75 days, which is 31 days longer than the national average of 34 days;

(ii) the length of time that the majority of people have been waiting for their elective surgery in the ACT (days waited at the 90th percentile) has worsened from 372 to 378 days, which is 158 days longer than the national average of 220 days; and

(iii) the percentage of people who have waited more than a year for elective surgery in the ACT has worsened from 10.3% to 10.6% which is more than three times the national average of 2.9%;


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