Page 3965 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 29 November 2022

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The ACT has been, on average, almost 12 per cent behind all other states and territories. That is a shame. We are the capital of Australia. Canberrans deserve better.

With respect to Minister Davidson, on 8 February this year, I asked in question time why she was not doing more on mental health services. Her clippie response was, “I’ll remember that next time I talk to the Treasurer.” Clearly, back then she was not happy, and now that the adults are in town, I am astounded to hear that she is quite happy with the way things are going. We know about the concerns very recently of a couple of families of girls with eating disorders in the Canberra Hospital. I fear that these girls have fallen through the cracks between the two portfolios.

As I say, I am not surprised that the government is not supporting my motion. I am just disappointed, as are hundreds of Canberrans, thousands of Canberrans, who know that this government are not doing the right thing with the money and they are not adequately funding the healthcare system. That is all I have to say.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

 Ayes 6

 Noes 13

Mr Cain

Mr Barr

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Berry

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Braddock

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lee

Ms Burch

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Ms Cheyne

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.

Canberra—cost of living

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (3.55): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Council of Social Service, in its 2022 ACT Cost of Living Report, shows that over the past five years Canberra has experienced significant price increases for essential goods and services, including:

(i) transport up 19.2 percent;

(ii) electricity up 28.1 percent;

(iii) gas up 24 percent;

(iv) medical and hospital services up 21.4 percent;

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