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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4109 ..


Art Class for Disabled Persons

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, in question time on Tuesday I undertook to provide Mr Wood with some information about assistance being provided by the ACT Government to people with disabilities who take part in artistic activities. I table this information for Mr Wood's benefit.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present information bulletins relating to patient activity data for the Calvary Public Hospital and the Canberra Hospital for October 1999. I also present the Department of Health and Community Care Activity Report for the first quarter of the financial year 1999-2000.



MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (3.22): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Report of the Business Delegation to the Republic of Ireland. I ask for leave to have my presentation remarks incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The presentation remarks read as follows:

I intend to only speak briefly to this paper, and I suspect Mr Quinlan may want to add some remarks also.

I would like to begin by saying this delegation provided a useful opportunity for us, and a number of Canberra businesspeople, to see first-hand the substantial changes which have been made to the Irish economy in recent years.

Many of us will remember Ireland as a delightful country, producer of Guinness and Irish Whiskey, music and a charming accent. But its economy has never been a strong feature of its awareness.

In reality, Ireland is one of the strongest growing economies in the world, and certainly leads the EU in its economic growth.

In the period 1994 to 1998, its economy has grown by an average of 9% per annum in real terms.

GDP has grown by 9.9% in the last year.

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