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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1240..

They are also supported by the Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scouts, Bunnings Warehouse and the Canberra City Lions. Fantastic! We have heard today from members about the fellowship of men's sheds and the importance of their contribution to our community. Most importantly, we have heard about the positive contribution men's sheds make to men's health. As Ms Berry outlined, it is not just their physical health but, importantly, their mental health as well.

As I said, it is great to see all parties support this motion for the benefit of our community. I look forward to the growth of the men's shed movement throughout Canberra and our region.

Motion agreed to.

At approximately 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.

Disability services—service provision

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.59): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Therapy ACT currently provides a number of services for people with a disability;

(b) the ACT Government have announced that they will be withdrawing from specialist disability service provision from December 2016;

(c) from 2015, early intervention services previously provided by the ACT Government will be provided by non-government organisations; and

(d) families of children and individuals with a disability remain uncertain about the effects that the withdrawal of the ACT Government from specialist disability service provision will have on their own circumstances; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People to make public and promote a detailed plan and timetable for the withdrawal of disability service provision, particularly Therapy ACT services, and subsequent replacement services by 1 July 2014.

The motion I have moved here today has come about as the result of feedback that I have received following the government's announcement made by the Chief Minister and Minister Burch that specialist disability service provision would no longer be provided by this government. It must be said from the outset that the opposition has indicated that we are supportive of this move and that wherever services that are currently provided by government can be provided by the non-government sector, it is a move that should most rigorously be investigated and seized where possible.

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