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This research and policy development has crucially and consistently included the voices of people with lived experience, making sure that we have a deeper understanding of how the decisions we make about service funding will impact on people’s lives. There is still much more work to do in supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing and continuing the focus on early intervention and prevention.

The bilateral is a landmark investment in our future, but it is not the only thing we have been working on. I look forward to talking in more detail in coming months about how we support and grow our diverse mental health workforce, the delivery of mental health services such as those for eating disorders, and strategies for the mental health and wellbeing of older people in Canberra. I present the following paper:

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention—Bilateral Agreement—Ministerial statement, 5 April 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.04): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Assembly business, order of the day No 1, relating to a proposed amendment to standing order 113A, being called on and debated forthwith.

For those that are not intimately aware of what that one is, it is a pretty simple amendment to standing orders. It is:

That standing order 113A be amended by omitting “all non-Executive Members seeking to speak have asked at least one question” and substituting “nine original questions have been asked by any Opposition Member, and other non-Executive Members seeking to speak have asked at least one question”.

Members would be aware that, during COVID, because we wanted to restrict the number of members in this place, we basically said that the number of questions allocated to the opposition could be asked by any member of the opposition. We did not all have to have a turn, in essence. So Ms Lee could ask six questions or I could ask four questions and so on. It is the way that we did it during COVID. It worked very satisfactorily and it is the way it is done in every parliament in Australia. We think that it is the way we should be doing business.

The reason for that is that, for example, today, as you would expect, there will be a number of questions on Calwell High School. I foreshadow that. One would expect that. But I will only be able to ask one question, so we will have to have Mr Cain or Ms Castley or someone asking a question in my portfolio area that I cannot ask. It is a

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