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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2818 ..


Detail stage

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members that in debating order of the day No 1, executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 2 and Assembly business orders of the day relating to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019 and the government response.

Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this bill will be considered—that is, in the detail stage any schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses and, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the schedules will be considered by the proposed expenditure in the order shown.

With the concurrence of the Assembly, I am proposing that the Assembly consider schedule 1 by each part, consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of territory. Is that the wish of the Assembly? That being so, schedule 1 will be considered by each part, consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of territory, then the clauses and the title.

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

ACT Local Hospital Network—Part 1.1

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (11.04): I am very pleased to rise today to talk to this government's investment in ACT Health and in the health and wellbeing of our community. As the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, I welcome this opportunity to outline the key initiatives contained in this year's budget for health and community care.

As we all know, we are a growing city, with more people moving to Canberra and the region and choosing to live here each year, and more babies being born each year. We have many opportunities and many challenges in our health system. We have opportunities and many challenges in the health of our population, but the government is making significant investments in the health and wellbeing of our community right across our city.

With Canberra a health centre not only locally but also for the nearby region, many of our services are also available for the growing needs of health consumers from across the border and into southern New South Wales. To meet these growing needs, this year's budget commits $7.8 billion over four years to the health portfolio across both the ACT Health Directorate and the ACT local hospital network. This funding will continue to strengthen the capacity of the ACT health system and the wonderful ACT health workforce to deliver public health services to us all, with funding for health to rise to about $2 billion a year by 2021-22.

Our investments will boost Canberra's public health care, with major new investments in our hospitals and local health services, right from the community level through to


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