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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 825..


All information must be provided in language, including spoken, written, and sign, that a woman understands, and in an accessible format such as Braille and plain, non-technical language appropriate to the individual woman's needs.

b) The physician performing the sterilization is responsible for ensuring that the patient has been properly counselled regarding the risks and benefits of the procedure and its alternatives.

The Government's response to this recommendation is that it is already standard practice.

Recommendation 3

Sterilization for prevention of future pregnancy does not constitute a medical emergency and does not justify departure from the general principles of free and informed consent. This is the case even if a future pregnancy may endanger a woman's life or health.

The Government's response to this recommendation is that it is already standard practice.

Recommendation 4

Sterilization should not be performed on a child.

The Government's response to this recommendation is that operations which sterilize children can be unavoidable if done for medical reasons - for example a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy (removal of ovary) for childhood cancer.

Recommendation 5

Women and girls with disabilities, including through their representative organizations and networks, must be included in the evaluation and development of legislation and other measures designed to ensure the enjoyment of all their rights, including sexual and reproductive rights and the right to found a family, on an equal basis with other women and girls.

The Government's response to this recommendation is that women with milder forms of intellectual disability and those with physical disabilities should be consulted by legislators where their rights are affected. This should be true of any group of people in our society, not just people with a disability.

Energy—renewable (Question No 1955)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 8 December 2011:

(1) In relation to the Weathering the Change Draft Action Plan 2, Pathway 1 - Renewable Energy, how would the upfront investment of $2.7 billion of capital be financed.

(2) What are the yearly operating costs of the capital that has been assumed in this model.


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