Page 3471 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 October 2022

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It is really pleasing that we can all come together and support mountain biking. If anybody in here has not had a chance to get out to Stromlo, I would encourage you to. It is really fun there to go for a ride or take your kids to go for a ride. Go to Handlebar and have a beer and have a meal; it is actually a really fun vibe out there. I commend my motion as amended by Minister Steel to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.39): I move:

That, notwithstanding the motion passed earlier this morning calling on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021, so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent Private Members Business order of the day No 8 being the motion on climate change impacts on health being called on and debated forthwith.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Climate change—public health

Debate resumed from 19 October 2022, on motion by Mr Davis.

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) fair, equitable and universal access to quality public health services is a human right;

(b) access to primary and preventive public health care is vital and people should be encouraged to interact with public health services before they become unwell;

(c) climate change adversely impacts public health;

(d) climate change impacts public health in a variety of ways, such as exposing people to increased temperatures, heatwaves, and smoke from bushfires, and increasing the spread of disease;

(e) people on low incomes or experiencing economic disadvantage are the most vulnerable to health complications related to climate change; and

(f) as a nation leader in the fight against climate change, the ACT Government should have a strategic, health-based response to climate change including a plan for the health sector to reduce its own contribution to climate change;

(2) further notes that:

(a) in May 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly declared a climate emergency;

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