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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2623..


The expansion of existing services and the continued development of new hospital and community health facilities to meet increasing demand is a priority for Labor.

This new funding in the Budget comes in addition to the new Women's and Children's Hospital, the two new community health centres in Belconnen and Gungahlin, a new cancer centre, and more nurse-led Walk-in Centres.

A healthy community is an active community. Investing in sport and recreation helps keep Canberrans healthy and helps keep our long-term health costs down.

Canberra is Australia's most active and healthy city and the ACT Labor Government is enhancing this status by improving sporting facilities across the Territory.

There is funding in the Budget to restore drought-ravaged ovals at Watson, Weetangera and Bonython.

There is funding to promote inclusive sport and implement the industry-led Active2020 strategy.

And the Government will help local sporting clubs and organisations provide more opportunities to get, and stay, active.

Conclusion

This is a responsible Budget.

It supports our economy and our community—it supports jobs.

It allows for a measured return to surplus and contains necessary and historic taxation reforms to secure our long-term economic future.

Canberrans are proud of the community we have built over our first century.

With its investment in frontline services, and support for our private sector, this Budget will ensure our community is well placed to prosper, and meet the challenges of our second century.

I commend the Appropriation Bill and the 2012-13 Budget to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to the next sitting.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2012-2013

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (3.08): I present the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2012-2013 and the following papers:


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