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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 March 2011) . . Page.. 1094 ..


very hard at the front line of health—nurses, doctors, allied health professionals—and doing their utmost in our health system. I think there are some fantastic administrators and executives in our health system working hard.

There is no doubt that there are great pressures on our health system. We have increasing demand. We recognise that. When we look at the results in our health system, we see some good results. But, as we saw in the quarterly report that was released in December, we have also seen some very poor results. It is important that the public rely on their ministers, their representatives in this place, to provide them with an accurate summation of what is happening in their health system. It behoves those ministers to provide the public with that accurate summation. In this case, and indeed in the forewords in previous reports that the minister has provided, it is quite clear that the minister has not done that.

I am comfortable with the result that we have achieved today. I believe that it makes the point that the minister needs to be more accurate. She needs to be more accountable for the information that she provides to the public. I think that we have achieved that through the motion. I think other elements have been incorporated. I thank the Greens for their support of this motion and what they have achieved today. In conclusion, I remind the minister, when she provides her next quarterly report and her foreword with that, to make sure that it reflects what is in the report and does not mislead the public.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Seniors—support services

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (4.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges:

(a) the work of the Council of the Ageing (ACT) highlighting the importance of seniors in our community and their work in coordinating the 2011 Seniors’ Week celebrations from 20 to 27 March 2011; and

(b) the value of positive ageing initiatives such as ACT Seniors’ Week to increase community inclusion and participation;

(2) encourages discussion and action to address the issues faced by seniors, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments; and

(3) notes:

(a) that seniors in the ACT are supported through a range of measures, including recognition of the role of the Commissioner with responsibility for services for older people under the Human Rights Commission Act 2005; and


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