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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 3150..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

promotion and early intervention. Some of the $8 million that we have provided in this budget has been targeted towards that area.

The ACT recorded significant achievements in the national mental health report for 2005 that was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It shows that the ACT has had the highest positive change in mental health spending over the past 10 years, with a 62 per cent increase in spending. It can be seen from figure 9 of the report, which is an interesting report which people should take the time to look at, that we have gone from being the lowest in per capita spending in 2001 at $80-although that had risen from a base of $69-to the third highest in per capita spending in 2003 at $103, behind only WA and Victoria at $107 and $113.

Mental health expenditure as a proportion of the ACT health budget has risen from 5.8 per cent to seven per cent in this year's budget. I think members can see the priority that we have given to mental health from our investment in it. Whilst there is still quite a bit of work to be done, mental health will remain a key priority of the ACT government. Mental Health Week has been a great success and I look forward to working with people in the sector to continue our reform process.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 15-Annual Report 2005-2006-ACT Auditor-General's Office-Report No. 7/2006, dated 25 September 2006.

Quarterly travel report-non-executive MLAs-1 April to 30 June 2006.

Study trip report-Ms Porter MLA-37th British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference-Malta, 23 to 29 April 2006.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Contract variations:

Marion Wands.

Pauline Brown, dated 12 September 2006.

Peter Matthews, dated 31 August 2006.

Long-term contracts:

Jill Circosta, dated 23 June 2006.

Stephen Ryan, dated 7 June 2006.

Tom Elliott, dated 7 June 2006.

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