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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1879..

At 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.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (6.00), in reply: I do thank members for their support for this motion. I am pleased that we will get a good outcome not just for the people in and around Coyne Street, who use Coyne Street on a regular basis, but also for the people who use Clift Crescent, in and around there, so the people particularly of Richardson and Chisholm.

These are the core issues for government, for this Assembly; that we look after local concerns of our residents in the ACT. Certainly I have a great fondness for the people of Tuggeranong. I think that from time to time the people of Tuggeranong get left behind. I think there is no doubt they have been left behind by the government in many ways, but I think that this will be a win for them.

As I said in my opening speech, there are people who have been raising concerns about this particular road since before self-government. So it is an issue that has been around for a long time, and I am very pleased today that the Assembly has said that it is time for the government to address it, go through a consultation process and work out some traffic calming measures.

I hope that we can make these areas safer; that we can have a situation that leads to a lot fewer accidents on those roads; that we can have a situation that leads to people feeling safer when they are on those roads, particularly the residents who live on those roads. So I do again thank members for their support and I look forward to the government implementing the will of the Assembly on these matters.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Dental health

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (6.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) oral diseases continue to be among the most costly yet preventable health problems;

(b) 44 percent of respondents to the ACT General Health Survey reported to have delayed using a dentist because they could not afford it;

(c) children and young people aged under 14 years, and people older than 14 issued with a Centrelink issued Pension Concession or Healthcare card, are eligible for ACT Health's dental services; and

(d) the mean waiting time for adults on ACT Health's dental services waiting list is 12 months; and

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