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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1096 ..


my stomach and my life is enormously improved. I was young when I did that. Doing that while young has probably changed the quality and length of my life.

My grandmother, at 50, as a very high level educator running the migrant English education system for the Tasmanian state government many years ago, came home one day and started vomiting blood. She had the same thing. It probably runs in the family. She had endoscopies through her life, so it is a procedure that I know a lot about, because of that family history.

I would like to see from this debate an outcome achieved by the time we get to September. That would make me really satisfied, and I would sing the government’s praises if we are able to get it to a better place. It is a commitment and a promise that I make right here. If we have a proper response and a proper reduction in that waiting number, I will be so happy. I will not promise to dance a jig. That might scare some people around here, but I will certainly be singing your praises.

Let us not just see the median wait times come down; let us see that list come right down to a reasonable level, so that people can have hope restored that they will not develop nasty diseases whilst waiting for these procedures and so that we can restore a little bit of faith in this system, which in some instances performs very well but in other instances is letting people down.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sport—community wellbeing

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (3.42): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges that:

(a) sport and active recreation are essential parts of physical and mental wellbeing;

(b) participation in sport and active recreation should be accessible to all ACT community members;

(c) community sporting clubs play a vital role in building stronger and more resilient communities;

(d) the contribution of volunteers to sport and recreational activities is significant and should be supported;

(e) sport and recreation are important sources of employment and economic and social activity;

(f) sporting events and activities should be undertaken in a way that considers, and minimises the impact on, the changing environment;

(g) government funded peak sporting groups represent individual sports rather than community sport and recreation as a whole; and

(h) the ACT Government’s strategic long-term plan for sport and recreation “Active 2020” plan expires at the end of 2021; and


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