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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1583..


Between 2003 and 2006 the ACT government provided over a quarter of a million dollars to seniors clubs for repairs and maintenance through the renew community infrastructure and facilities program. We continue to provide funding to seniors clubs for equipment, special events and projects through a number of grant programs. Between 2006 and 2010 over $38,000 of funding was provided to seniors clubs through the ACT government's seniors grants and sponsorship program.

This report confirms the important role of seniors clubs plays in encouraging the community participation of older Canberrans through the provision of a range of centre-based and community activities in a safe environment. The seniors clubs are an important part. I also reflect on the grand party in the park when we had Seniors Week just a couple of weeks ago. They are a valued part of our community. The seniors clubs are a way to network and support each other. The report confirms the important role of seniors clubs here in the ACT.

I would also like to thank the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing for its report and recommendations for improving and enhancing the facilities and programs offered by seniors clubs. The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing is a very strong and solid group. It provides good, solid advice to me and I value its contribution.

I would also like to thank the staff of the Office for Ageing for their ongoing support not only to me but to older people across all of Canberra. The involvement of older people in social activities is important for their inclusion in our community. I look forward to working with the council to advance these recommendations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Fiscal discipline

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Hanson be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of fiscal discipline.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (3.27): I appreciate the opportunity to speak today on this matter of public importance. This is about the matter of fiscal discipline. Although it is wrapped up in the technical nature of the budget process and financial analysis, it is a concept that I think we can all understand at the most basic level. We all exercise, or we should all exercise, fiscal discipline when we determine what groceries we purchase, how we will pay for our children's education expenses or how we will pay for maintenance on our homes.

Madam Assistant Speaker, it is ironic today that I should win the MPI because my mother is in the audience. If anybody understands fiscal discipline, it is my mother. I


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