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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2273 ..

MR HIRD (continuing):

The committee was moved by evidence presented by the Prostate Cancer Support Group, and the committee sees it as important to educate both men and women in the family unit about the need for early prostate cancer screening for men, particularly those with a family history of the disease. That can be done by way of request by the patient or his partner to the local GP. The committee was of the strong view, which I endorse, that the ACT Government, through the Minister for Health, should take the matter of screening up at a national level with other Ministers for Health.

On behalf of my colleagues, I would particularly like to thank Dr Peter Hughes, an eminent urologist practising in Canberra and the region. He gave valuable evidence to the committee. I would also like to thank secretaries Beth Irvin and David Skinner for their support. I also thank those who gave evidence and assisted the committee in its deliberations.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries ) adjourned.


Debate resumed from 22 April 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves ) adjourned.


Report on Restricted Taxi (Multicab) Plates

MR HIRD (11.15): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 28 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, entitled "The Need to Increase the Number of Restricted Taxi (Multicab) Plates", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Deputy Speaker for circulation on 12 August this year pursuant to the resolution of 1 July this year. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, it is with much pleasure that I table the Standing Committee on Urban Services report on the need to increase the number of restricted taxi (multicab) plates in the Territory. It is doubly pleasing not only because this is a unanimous report but also because adopting the report will demonstrate that this parliament has the capacity to bring down legislation which can set standards for other Australian jurisdictions to follow. Many of the 26 recommendations in this report present groundbreaking measures which the members of my committee believe are paramount to meeting the needs of a large number of disabled in our community.

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