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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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ACT Strategic Bushfire Management Plan 2014-2019, prepared in accordance with the Emergencies Act 2004.

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act and Financial Management Act—

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Board Appointment 2014 (No 4)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-240 (LR, 4 September 2014).

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Board Appointment 2014 (No 5)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-241 (LR, 4 September 2014).

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Board Appointment 2014 (No 6)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-242 (LR, 4 September 2014).

Gaming Machine Act—Gaming Machine Amendment Regulation 2014 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2014-22 (LR, 8 September 2014).

Legal Profession Act—Legal Profession (Barristers) Rules 2014—Subordinate Law SL2014-21 (LR, 4 September 2014).

Public Place Names Act—Public Place Names (Moncrieff) Determination 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-244 (LR, 11 September 2014).

Victims of Crime Act—Victims of Crime (Victims Advisory Board) Appointment 2014 (No 7)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-243 (LR, 11 September 2014).

Health—priorities

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Smyth be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of Government getting its healthcare priorities right for ACT residents.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3:38): It is important to get your priorities right, particularly when delivering health care and particularly here in the ACT. When we look at the hospital sector of health care, you have to ask: what is the most serious cause of reduced patient safety in public hospitals and what causes waiting times in emergency departments and elective surgery to blow out? According to the AMA report card from 2013:

Hospital overcrowding is the most serious cause of reduced patient safety in public hospitals and the cause of waiting times in emergency departments and for elective surgery.

Unless governments improve public hospital capacity, patient access to hospital care will not improve and patient safety will be put further at risk.


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