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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1155..

MR DEPUTY (continuing):

Perhaps the interjections will cease, too, and we will be able to proceed with the debate on this motion.

MS PORTER: I apologise for that. I do think that this government is doing better by a country mile as far as that is concerned, but I would place on the record here my great respect for those aged care facilities and for the staff that work in them for the work that they do. As I said, I visit them regularly and have conversations with the staff and the residents and also with the relatives of the people living within those facilities. I am well aware of the hard work that those staff are doing and of the appreciation of both the residents and the relatives. The fact is that we all want to work towards the same end. We all want more nurses and better paid nurses in the system here, both the ACT system and, importantly, the federally-funded system. I would appreciate the support of members for this motion.

Motion agreed to.

Education Amendment Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 24 August 2005, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Cardiovascular disease

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (5.25): I move:

That this Assembly acknowledges that:

(1) cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, responsible for more than 1 in 3 deaths;

(2) the effects and treatment of cardiovascular disease cost the community millions of dollars every year;

(3) poor nutrition, lack of exercise and smoking all increase the risk of cardiovascular disease;

(4) the important role events, such as Heart Week, play in raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and promoting healthy living;

(5) the valuable work the ACT Division of the Heart Foundation does to raise awareness and reduce incidences of cardiovascular disease in the ACT community;

(6) initiatives such as Promoting Healthy Students, college health coordinators and the Kids at Play program will lead to a healthier ACT adult community in the future;

(7) the number of programs already implemented by the ACT Government and the importance of such programs in encouraging a healthy and active ACT community.

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