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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . .

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MR RATTENBURY: The day you apologise to me for your rudeness, Mr Hanson, is the day you will get apologies back from me.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister to answer the question, thank you.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: No interjections; you asked the question. The minister is trying to provide an answer.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, hush! Minister, please.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I will take the first part of Mr Hanson's question on notice. In terms of his broader question about how we are working to cope with demand, as I outlined in my ministerial priorities statement this morning, we are looking to ensure that we have the right services available for the right people at the right time.

Having people in acute care is not always the best way to treat and support them with the difficulties they are having. So we are looking at a range of issues in the supported accommodation space to ensure that there are other places people can go to that may be more suitable to the level of care that they need at particular times and to make sure that we have a full suite of facilities available with adequate beds to provide people with the right services when they need them.

Sport—cricket

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, it was recently announced that Canberra will host five matches in the women's Twenty20 world cup in 2020. What benefits will this bring to the city and to continuing the push for gender equity in sport?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for her interest in women's cricket in the ACT and acknowledge that she was there at the launch and the announcement of the T20 series in the ACT. Canberra was announced as the host city for the ICC World Twenty20 to be played in Australia in February and March 2020. The scheduling of the women's competition as a standalone event for the first time will ensure that it is promoted and staged as a major global event in its own right.

Bringing national and international cricket content to the ACT also delivers economic benefits to the territory through direct employment, much related activity, and community development activities, as well as tourism. It is particularly pleasing that it will be women's elite international sport that is driving these outcomes. One strong theme of the ACT's gender equity goals is to build the profile and experience of


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