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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2908 ..


As part of this educative approach, the ACT Government partnered with the NCA to install signage and pavement markings as well as distributing visitor information to encourage people riding bikes and other recreational equipment, such as in-line skates and scooters, to use the paths responsibly and give way to pedestrians, while encouraging all users to keep left.

The ACT Government also works closely with cycling and walking groups to ensure we understand people's needs and concerns and consider them in prioritising and implementing activities that support active travel.

I encourage everyone to be patient and mindful of each other when using the paths around Lake Burley Griffin. It truly is a space for everyone to enjoy and we all need to play a part to ensure this area is safe and enjoyable.

I appreciate your assistance in presenting my response to the Assembly.

Reproductive health products and advice—access

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government has been an historical leader in abortion law reform, having entrenched in legislation that abortion is a health matter and not a criminal matter, thereby protecting women and their reproductive choices;

(b) law reforms including legal and regulated access to abortion to make abortions safer for those who access this service; and

(c) ACT Government actions have created exclusion zones around the ACT's legal abortion facility to ensure safe and accessible healthcare have been provided to women;

(2) further notes:

(a) the stigma which continues to exist in some sections of the community in relation to women's reproductive rights;

(b) pharmacies may refuse to supply any prescription, medicine or item based on the particular religious or ethical views of the particular pharmacist; and

(c) the apprehension of rejection for women seeking access to reproductive health services, products and advice; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) explore options for the introduction of a requirement for health practitioners and pharmacies who choose not to, or choose to, supply relevant reproductive health medications, products and procedures, to display clearly visible signage:

(i) to inform consumers;

(ii) in plain language; and

(iii) outline which particular reproductive health medications, advice and products they do or do not supply;


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