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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1691..


Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Report No 3-discharge from notice paper

MR STEFANIAK (11.23): Pursuant to standing order 152, I move:

That order of the day No 1, Assembly business, relating to the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs Report No 3 on the Operation of the Dangerous Goods Act 1975 with particular reference to fireworks, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government response to Report No 3-discharge from notice paper

Motion (by Mr Stefaniak, by leave) agreed to:

That order of the day No 2, Assembly business, Government Response to the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs Report No 3 on the Operation of the Dangerous Goods Act 1975 with particular reference to fireworks, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Health-Standing Committee

Report No 4

MS TUCKER

(11.24): I present the following report:

Health - Standing Committee-Report No. 4-Looking at the health of school-age children in the ACT, dated 17 April 2003, together with a copy of extracts from the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This report has 48 recommendations. It has taken over a year and a half to develop these recommendations. As a committee we worked with a lot of expertise. We worked with people in the community who are involved with this question because they are parents, because they are teachers, because they are experts in the field. We worked with young people as well. The committee made a particular effort to involve young people in the consultation on this report.

It is hard to summarise the work that is in this report in the time I have. In the report we did an overview looking at the current status of health, emerging health issues, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues and children with disability. Then we divided the work up into physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and social wellbeing.

When you hear the adult world speak about the health issues of young people, there are a couple of things that always come up. Obesity and lack of physical fitness are seen to be very important, and they are, of course, very important. But what was very clear to the committee when we consulted the young people was that the main issue for them in high school-and to a degree in primary school-was mental health.


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