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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (17 September) . .

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MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.25): To conclude debate, I would like to thank all members for contributing to this discussion, in particular my colleague Mr Smyth. To the relief of those in the gallery, perhaps not here for this very motion, let me say that I do not intend to speak for very long.

What we heard here today is exactly why we need to be focusing on City Walk and Garema Place. The government spoke about the great success story of Braddon, the ABC flats, city to the lake, the ANU and the New Acton precinct. Of course, all are drawing away from the heart of the city, being Garema Place and City Hill.

This is not necessarily a debate about land use planning, as the government tried to sculpt it. It is actually about how we use the space better. It is about removing regulations which restrict people from setting up shops in City Walk. It is about removing the bureaucracy and the insurance hurdles that are in place at present which restrict people from expanding into that space. I think we need to have a debate about this. I think we need to have a genuine discussion about all the hurdles which are in place now which are restricting that being a vibrant and active place.

In conclusion, Madam Assistant Speaker, I urge members to vote against the amendment and to support the motion as published in the notice paper.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended agreed to.

Canberra Hospital—adult mental health unit

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.27): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that, regarding the Adult Mental Health Unit at The Canberra Hospital (TCH):

(a) staff at the Adult Mental Health Unit filed 57 reports of attacks on workers as well as 37 reports of physical or abusive threats in 2013-2014;

(b) the number of incidents involving physical contact with staff at the unit is increasing and there was a rise from 49 incidents in 2012-2013 to 57 in 2013-2014;

(c) there has been a rise in incidents of reported abuse directed at staff working in the Adult Mental Health Unit from 112 in 2012-2013 to 135 in 2013-2014;

(d) in 2013-2014, 18 staff took leave due to injury at the Adult Mental Health Unit at TCH;

(e) the time off work for injuries in 2013-2014 for staff of the Adult Mental Health Unit was 152 weeks;


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