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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4224 ..


The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 31 July 2018 to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Ms Meegan Fitzharris MLA regarding petition 7-18 lodged by Mr Pettersson MLA about Eating Disorder Health Care Services in the ACT. As this matter falls under my portfolio as Minister for Mental Health, I am responding on behalf of Minister Fitzharris.

The enclosed ACT Eating Disorders Position Statement is the Government Response to petition 7-18 Eating Disorder Health. Care Services in the ACT. This Position Statement has been developed to communicate the guiding principles that outline the ACT Government's approach to the development of eating disorders services in the ACT.

The Position Statement sets out a clear ACT Government commitment to develop services for the treatment and management of eating disorders. It describes a number of the short-term initiatives underway as well as longer term projects that could be pursued, depending on future budgets and more detailed work.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust this information is of assistance.

Workers' rights—petition 21-18

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (10.02), by leave: I would like to briefly talk about the 208 residents who signed the petition which I had the pleasure of tabling in today's parliament. Many times people reckon that not a lot gets done in this Assembly. I am glad to stand here today and see that these 208 people are calling on the government to provide them with secure local jobs by introducing a secure local jobs code, which we are about to debate in this place.

The rights of workers are very important to me. It was wonderful to be contacted by some of these 208 residents saying that we need to protect their rights. This is what Canberra voted for. This is what we are here to do: to deliver for the community which voted for us to represent them. It is my great honour and pleasure to have been able to table this petition from these signatories—cleaners, security officers and catering staff—workers who are affected every day in insecure employment and workers who the secure local jobs code is there to protect.

Eating disorder healthcare services—petition 7-18

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (10.03): I would like to congratulate the lead petitioner, Molly Saunders, for her effort in raising the important issue of eating disorder services in the ACT. I acknowledge her, and others', lived experience and I acknowledge how important that lived experience is in developing our services. I am also grateful to Mr Pettersson for sponsoring the petition.


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