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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 3018..


MS BRESNAN (continuing):

Hospital. While this request was not successful this year, I hope it will be considered next year in the context of the overall picture of cancer services provided to different sectors of the community.

With regard to aged care and rehabilitation services, I wish to recognise the efforts that have been made by the government over the last year to accommodate the concerns raised by people with a disability with regard to the relocation of disability assistance services to Village Creek. Further consideration is being given as to whether the independent living centre should move to the site and steps have been taken to improve wheelchair accessibility at the Village Creek site.

An area that the Greens have found to be lacking from the budget papers relates to the indicators regarding the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There are indicators on general life expectancy in diabetes, but this is not separated out for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Given the commitments made by governments at all levels to closing the gap, we hope to see the government improve its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander indicators in budget papers and annual reports in the very near future.

While the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is small it is nonetheless a significant population that is often over-represented in a number of areas, including health, and the provision of services must acknowledge and address this as a priority.

Finally, in regard to the health and community care program funding, it was, I have to say, quite disingenuous for the government to announce the growth funds as a new initiative, and a preventative health initiative at that, in its budget media releases when in actual fact the government was already required to provide those funds. HACC is also most certainly not a preventative health program.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Cancer Council fun run

CEO sleep-out

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.04): I want to speak briefly on a couple of issues. I was reading the CityNews from a couple of weeks ago. It had articles about what the MLAs do in their private time. I noticed that there was a piece on Mr Hanson and me. Mr Hanson was in this place a week or so ago talking up his running ability. I will read this bit out, because Mr Hanson was bragging about the second time he beat me, and I did not even know he was in the race. It said:

The Liberal MLAs will next go head-to-head at the Cancer Council's Canada Fun Run on June 20.


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