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ensure that privately owned properties are part of the solution to the housing crisis and not a contributor to it. We have got to ensure that privately owned properties support small businesses that cater to community leads and help support thriving
local communities.

The ACT government’s projections put Tuggeranong in 2060 as having a smaller population than today, shrinking from 20 per cent of the ACT’s population to only 11 per cent. It is our responsibility to change that trajectory. So many people in my electorate mourn the loss of the community hub that is their local shops. While the rest of the ACT thrives in the coming decades, I will not let Tuggeranong be left behind. We deserve better than that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (11.04): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing.

In my role as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing, I wish to table a corrigendum to the report on our inquiry into abortion and reproductive choice in the ACT. I present the following paper:

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Report 10—Inquiry into Abortion and Reproductive Choice in the ACT—Corrigendum, dated 21 June 2023.

The committee released its report on 18 April this year. On 24 April, the committee received correspondence from Martin Bowles, the National CEO of Calvary Health Care Pty Ltd. As a result, the committee instigated a review of our report and determined that the report did not accurately reflect the evidence of Tamara as part of her submission to the inquiry. As a consequence of its review, the committee agreed to issue this corrigendum, which comprises amendments to the report’s chapter concerning Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.

Specifically, the corrigendum notes that a Canberra patient who made a submission to the committee’s inquiry was not directly refused post-miscarriage care by Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Instead it was the patient’s specialist who advised her that Calvary would not perform the necessary post-miscarriage procedure because her case was not an emergency.

This amendment to the report does not denote a change to the committee’s recommendation that Calvary Public Hospital Bruce should provide full reproductive health services in accordance with human rights. In fact, the corrigendum includes additional evidence concerning the limitations on reproductive healthcare services that Calvary Public Hospital Bruce provide.

The committee wishes to emphasise that the corrigendum to the report reflects the mis-framing of Tamara’s evidence. The fault by no means lies with the evidence provided by Tamara in her submission.


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