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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2049 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

It will take some time for that work to be completed, and presumably there will be proper community consultation in that process. The committee supports any move to get on with the job, and we would urge the Government to do that. We notice that in the capital works program of last year there was some $400,000. I understand that that has rolled over and that the Government therefore has the money to be able to do it. It would make the committee's job very easy if this work were to commence. We would like to see it commence. We have been pushing for it for some time. I think this formalises the request.

I would like to echo the chairman's words of appreciation for those who have assisted us. I would like to congratulate the committee secretary, Fiona Clapin, for the work that she has done and the assistance she has given us, and I would like to congratulate all of the members of the standing committee for their multipartisan approach, because it shows a genuine concern for human beings and a desire to get a speedy and proper outcome.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ministerial Statement

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (4.34): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the national approach to illicit drug use and the COAG illicit drugs diversion initiative.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I know it will disappoint members, but I table my statement and ask for leave to have it incorporated in the Hansard. I know that members love to hear me talking about drugs.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows:

Mr Speaker, I rise today to announce a very important stage in the development of a nationally coordinated approach to services for drug dependent people in Australia.

As Members may be aware, the Attorney General and I attended the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) meeting on 10 June, at which Commonwealth, State and Territory Health and Law Enforcement Ministers agreed on a national approach to the development of the illicit drug diversion initiative agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in April of this year.

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