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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3374 ..

been on a mission to encourage her family and friends to donate blood and plasma as frequently as possible. I wish to encourage all who can to do the same.

Certain safeguards have been put into place to protect the blood supply. But at any given point in time it is estimated that at least nine different Australians are eligible to make a donation. Sadly, only three per cent of the total population will actually donate each year.

Here in Canberra we have a number of options, including a fixed donor centre in Garran. In addition, the mobile blood van makes an appearance here in the city every three months, and the new Civic plasma donor centre is located just a few blocks away from the Assembly, in Mort Street.

I encourage all who are eligible to take advantage of one of these opportunities to give the gift of life. For many people the first donation can be somewhat intimidating. I assure you, you will be fine. For others who have donated in the past but have fallen out of the habit, please consider making regular donation a new habit.

I am grateful for the Australian Red Cross’s role in seeking to secure an adequate blood supply. And I am grateful to the women and men who take a few minutes out of their day to give the gift of life. I also thank all those who would generously give if they could. Together we can let people know that their lives are worth saving.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 7.02 pm.

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