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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (16 September) . .

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today. Why is it taking so long? Why is it unreasonable, Mr Gentleman, to ask for an explanation of the numbers? Surely there is no harm in being transparent and providing the information to the Assembly about how many children we are talking about, how long it takes and what parents can expect. I think it is quite reasonable for families in this situation to ask for that.

We will not be supporting this amendment today because what it basically does is reiterate some information that is already available in the public domain, without providing any value add for those families, for those parents who have come to me asking, begging, for this information.

This is not me talking about these things; this is parents out in our community. In fact, much of what I have quoted today has come from the Foster Care Association of the ACT. It is not me that Mr Corbell is having a go at when he talks about how he does not know where I get this information, that it is not correct and he has statistics; it is genuine families out there who care about their kids and want to give them the best possible start in life, and that is what we should be supporting here. I commend my original motion to the Assembly and we will not be supporting Mr Gentleman's amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Health infrastructure program

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (4.03): I move:

That this Assembly notes that:

(1) the ACT Government delivers a world-class health care system and continues to prioritise the improvement of this system;

(2) this Government has already invested more than $900 million in the Health Infrastructure Program (HIP);


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