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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3663 ..


their local community. But they were also really mindful of protecting their own physical health and wellbeing.

As I said, it is so disappointing that there were no new solutions for older Canberrans. I am sure the minister would say the government is doing a lot for seniors. They give us initiatives such as the Seniors Card program as an example of this. Of course, the Seniors Card program is a great initiative. It is implemented by COTA ACT but that is not something to be excited about and champion. It is done across jurisdictions in Australia, providing Seniors Cards, and it is nothing new. It is the bare minimum that we should expect. To be frank, the bare minimum is what senior Canberrans have come to expect from this government.

The government could have provided support for new and improved initiatives, programs and facilities alongside the continued funding of existing initiatives. It is no surprise that in the Canberra Times rundown of the ACT budget seniors were listed as one of the losers. How sad that those people who have built our city are the ones losing out in this budget.

Ms Davidson recently said in a Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion hearing into estimates that we are trying to make Canberra more accessible and more inclusive for seniors. How is that happening with not a single new, improved initiative for our older Canberrans? I hope, once again, in the future this government can learn to actually walk the talk, not just do all of the talking. I really would like to see our vulnerable Canberrans, in this case seniors, supported more by this government.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (6.07): I stand for a second time today just to quickly note that in my speech the number I thought that was incorrect was in fact incorrect and I would just like to fix the record. The Disability Education Review is $245,000 and additionally it is $400,000 for the strengthening disability advocacy services. All other figures, I believe, were correct in my speech.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.09 pm.


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