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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1476..


In closing I would like to just refer to an article that was in the Adelaide Advertiser on 27 March which discussed a call from suicide prevention advocates for a national suicide toll. This call is headed by the group called Minimisation of Suicide Harm, who want authorities to publish regular updates on victims of suicide and who say that the extent of the issue has been hidden from view. The chair of the group, Jill Chapman, lost her son to suicide and she has said that far more lives could be saved through regular reports of details, leading to greater awareness and help.

It is important to listen, as we all have to date, to the organisations who deal with this issue every day and to the people who have lost loved ones through suicide and who have called for quite some time for this reporting to occur. As I have already said, and as other speakers have said today, we as a community can address the issue of suicide openly, and without stigma, and work to save lives. It is good to see that we can all agree on that today.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

At approximately 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.

Interactive entertainment industry

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.58): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of the education sector to Canberra's economy;

(b) the opportunities in the interactive entertainment sector as a result of innovative use new technologies;

(c) that Canberra's Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is a world-class interactive media school well suited to take advantage of new industry opportunities;

(d) that the interactive media sector is growing, and the continued success of organisations like the AIE will have positive multiplier effects on our local economy; and

(e) that without a critical mass of talent in the ACT, this sector will not be able to grow and benefit from new trends in this sector; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) provide continued support to the AIE's Canberra-based operations; and

(b) support local organisations by developing an industry strategy for the interactive entertainment sector.


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