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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 September 2010) . . Page.. 4318 ..

syringe programs; this is based on some of the evidence overseas but also on information on other programs or information that has been provided by organisations and what will be possibly good implementation for our program in the AMC. This is based on processes that operate within the community.

We have received input from a number of groups and individuals and will be compiling that information for release to inform the questions that were asked. We did ask a number of questions about how people would see this operating at AMC. That information will be released. We would obviously welcome the input of any members in the Assembly on the paper.

National broadband network—Gungahlin

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (3:43): I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the national broadband network rolling out in Gungahlin:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the importance of a national, high-speed, fibre-to-the-home broadband rollout to Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness;

(2) welcomes the decision by the Gillard Labor Government to include Gungahlin in the list of early pilot projects in the National Broadband Network rollout; and

(3) acknowledges the potential for this investment by the Commonwealth to leverage and facilitate:

(a) the development of e-health capacity within the health system;

(b) the development of e-education and e-training options for Canberrans at all stages of life;

(c) the development by Gungahlin businesses of efficiencies and new business models that will lead to greater productivity and economic growth;

(d) the development of new e-government services by the Commonwealth and the ACT Government that will benefit the residents of Gungahlin; and

(e) social inclusion, particularly enabling more vulnerable sectors of the ACT to access services and engage with the community.

I am happy to be able to move this motion in this place today. As we all know, digital technology is already transforming every area of our lives. The Gillard government’s investment in the national broadband network will drive that transformation faster in crucial areas such as the delivery of health services, economic productivity, communications between governments and the people they serve, and provision of educational services. Never before in our history has a national government made investment in infrastructure on this scale and with such potential. Its capacity to

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