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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2350 ..


Eating disorder healthcare services—petition 7-18

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.04), by leave: I am very pleased to stand here today and speak to this petition, because it is about a fundamentally important topic. There are too many young people that suffer from eating disorders. In my life, I have known far too many individuals—close friends, acquaintances—who have suffered from eating disorders. Without fail, each and every one of them tells a terrible tale. They talk about long waits to get access to the services they need. They talk about having to go to Sydney to seek inpatient treatment. I do not think any of them should have to wait a single day to receive treatment, but I understand that, due to the nature of the public health system, these things do occur.

I think we can do better, and I want to see us do better. I commend this petition to everyone, because it is an important topic for lots of people in our community. Over my short life, the number of my friends that have suffered from eating disorders is alarmingly high. This is something I am quite passionate about, and it is something that I will always speak out on, because I want to see us do better.

Estimates 2018-2019—Select Committee

Report

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.06): I present the following report:

Estimates 2018-2019—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2018-2019 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2018-2019, dated 25 July 2018, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings and a schedule of unanswered questions taken on notice and questions on notice, dated 31 July 2018.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I begin by thanking the committee secretary, Nicola Kosseck, and all of the secretarial staff in the committee office for the work that they did during the estimates committee's 11 days of hearings. As was the case through my chairing of the committee last year, I would also like to extend thanks to the members of the committee. Whilst it is a very robust committee, it was also very conciliatory. Where there were differences of opinion, we discussed them respectfully. We sought to include in the report as many of the recommendations that we could agree on as possible, and where there were disagreements, they are noted appropriately in the footnotes.

In the 11 days of hearings, some 667 questions were taken on notice or placed on notice. The hearings have resulted in 226 recommendations. They highlighted, though, a significant number of areas in which there are failures of this ACT government.

We saw a maladministration and failure of communication between departments, resulting in landowners being slugged hundreds of thousands of dollars in back rates


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