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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 4116..


In relation to the development of this legislation overall, I think it is worth making the point that the greatest beneficiaries of this legislation are not the legal community or judicial officers; they are the families of people who have passed away. An effective Coroners Act is vital to providing them with the support and the information they need to understand why the coronial process is being conducted and what answers they will get from it.

I thank members for their support of the bill and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Paper

Mr Corbell tabled the following papers:

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2011-2012—Government response—Additional information—

Recommendation 158—Level of funding for services under taken by the RSPCA.

Recommendation 185—Final estimate for completion of the North Weston pond work.

Adjournment

Motion by (Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Dr Peter Sharp AM

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (6.06): It is with regret that I rise tonight to recognise the passing of Dr Peter Sharp from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service. Dr Sharp passed away on Sunday after a relatively short battle with cancer. As many in this place would know, Dr Sharp has been a stalwart at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, where he has been the longest serving employee, I understand—where he has worked for 22 years—initially travelling from Sydney every weekend to run clinics for the ACT Aboriginal community.

He also, of course, ran clinics at regional correctional facilities treating Aboriginal inmates, training local doctors in Indigenous health and working with older residents


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