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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 25 February 2010) . . Page.. 742 ..

The support, care and protection of children and young people in the Australian Capital Territory is a community priority and these minor amendments strengthen aspects of the legislation that achieve this outcome. A robust and effective Children and Young People Act 2008 is desirable for us as members of the legislature, members of the community, adults, parents and carers.

I fully support the Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2). I seek support from all members and I have appreciated their comments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, Ms Burch, the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, regrets that for personal reasons she needs to leave question time at 2.45 pm today. If members do have questions that they wish to direct to the minister, I advise that she will not be available after 2.45.

Questions without notice

Health system—Canberra Hospital

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday you informed the Assembly that there was a war in the health system that had been going on for 10 years. Minister, exactly when did you first become aware of this war and what steps have you or your government taken to end this war over the last two terms?

MS GALLAGHER: It seems that the opposition’s campaign, being prosecuted through media releases and twisting and slanting my words, is going to continue in question time today. I think I made it very clear, and I have made it clear a number of times—indeed, yesterday was not the first time that I have said it—that, across the obstetric community, tensions have existed amongst obstetricians with different points of view and different perspectives for a number of years, in excess of 10 years. I do not think anybody who works in the obstetric community, for which I have responsibilities within the public system, would dispute that.

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