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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 380..


Rehabilitation of Offenders (Interim) (Sentence Administration Board) Appointment 2006 (No 3)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-30 (LR, 17 February 2006)

Road Transport (General) Act-

Road Transport (General) (Application of Road Transport Legislation) Declaration 2006 (No 2)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-22 (LR, 8 February 2006)

Road Transport (General) (Application of Road Transport Legislation) Declaration 2006 (No 3)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-26 (LR, 16 February 2006)

Road Transport (General) (Driver Licensing) Exemption 2006 (No 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-20 (LR, 9 February 2006)

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Regulation-

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) (Minimum Service Standards-Taxi Network) Approval 2006 (No 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-21 (LR, 9 February 2006)

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) (Minimum Service Standards-Taxi Network) Approval 2006 (No 2)-Disallowable Instrument DI2006-27 (LR, 20 February 2006)

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act-Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Regulation 2006 (No 1)-Subordinate Law SL2006-4 (LR, 16 January 2006).

Public health system

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Ms Porter and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Mrs Burke be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The state of the public health system in the ACT.

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (3.54): It is timely that I rise today to speak on this important matter. It is fair to say that, in the public mind at least, there is no more important area of public policy than health. In the ACT, owing to our small size, public concern about health tends to focus on our public hospitals-the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital. That is not to say that there are many other important areas of public health in the ACT. At another juncture I will spend more of my speech on these other areas. However, as members would know, recent events have cast the ACT's public hospitals into the limelight.

It is particularly appropriate that we have this discussion today, especially in light of the articles published in the Medical Journal of Australia yesterday. The research article


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