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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2914 ..


MRS JONES: We need a comprehensive health work force strategy that gives some hope to those people working in health, including a date by which the ratios committed to at the last election will actually be implemented across the health system.

We now know that there is an impending shortage of some P2/N95 mask brands that health workers have been fit tested for. We know they have been told that there will be equivalent masks that they can use, but we also know that the equivalent masks are not the same and do not always fit. I ask that the minister consider how we will re-fit people who have already been fit tested to ensure that the replacement masks fit properly, because the advice that I have is that they do not always fit properly.

There is plenty to do in health. Of course, no-one ever said the system would be perfect. But the tragedy for Canberra is listening to Labor health minister after Labor health minister try and pretend that they are going to fix the problems that they are not going to fix. The tragedy of that is that on the other end of those decisions are genuine people who go to work every day and the pack on their shoulders gets heavier and heavier under this government. Those are not my words. Those are the words of a nurse I spoke to three weeks ago.

People are giving up on the system just at a time when we need them to be enthusiastic. Do the right thing. Fix the system and do not come in here and completely change a motion that would require the minister to actually make the system work. We will not be supporting the amendments.

Question put:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 14

Noes 7

Ms Berry

Dr Paterson

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Mr Pettersson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Steel

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Ms Lawder

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Ms Orr

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Poverty—government programs

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (4.11): I seek leave to amend my notice on the notice paper and to move the revised motion circulated in my name.


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