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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3037 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Act, pursuant to section 28 (3)-Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Quarterly Report for January to March 2003.

Members will, of course, recognise that the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation is now Australian Capital Tourism.

Health-Standing Committee

Report No 4-government response

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (3.36): Mr Speaker, on behalf of Mr Corbell and for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health-Standing Committee-Report No. 4-Looking at the Health of School Age Children in the ACT-Government Response, dated August 2003.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I seek leave to incorporate Mr Corbell's speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

Mr Speaker, in April 2002 the Standing Committee on Health resolved to undertake an inquiry into the health of school-age children in the ACT. The Committee tabled its report on 7 May 2003, with 48 recommendations and 68 sub-recommendations.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee for its work on this issue.

The report has highlighted a number of health issues that will assist the Government in its work to support the development of resilient, optimistic children and young people.

In the 2003-4 Budget, the ACT Government highlighted its vision of building this community and we place particular emphasis on giving our children every chance to realise their potential. Accordingly, the health and wellbeing of children will be a strong theme of the Canberra Plan.

In line with one of the key themes of the Committee's Report, the ACT Government is working to improve the integration between policies and programs to better meet the needs of children.

For instance, work on the development of the proposed ACT Children's Plan, the Mental Health Strategy and Action Plan, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy is occurring in a co-ordinated manner.

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