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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 6 March 2008) . . Page.. 607 ..

Health and Disability—Standing Committee

Statement by Chair

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella): I seek leave to make a short statement regarding a new inquiry.

Leave granted.

MS MacDONALD: Thank you, members. At a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Disability, the Standing Committee on Health and Disability resolved to conduct an inquiry entitled Nobody’s children—inquiry into the early intervention and care of vulnerable infants in the ACT. The terms of reference of the inquiry are to inquire into and report on the early intervention and care of vulnerable children in the ACT, focusing on the unborn child and infants aged nought to 2, with particular reference to:

• children of drug-affected parents;

• antenatal and postnatal care and support services available for vulnerable parents and their children;

• early identification of a child at risk;

• specific issues related to Indigenous parents and children;

• and any other relevant matter.

Sitting suspended from 12.22 to 2.30 pm.


MR SPEAKER: Before I go to you, Mr Seselja, can I welcome to the gallery a group from the University of the Third Age who are in the Assembly with us today.

Members: Hear, hear!

Questions without notice


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Chief Minister, yesterday the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest national accounts data. This data showed that the ACT was the worst performing jurisdiction in both the December quarter and in the year to December 2007. In addition, a graph on your own Treasury website shows that the growth in state final demand in the ACT has been declining since the June quarter 2006. Treasurer, how do you explain this continuing decline in state final demand growth in the ACT over the past 18 months?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. The ACT economy has been one of the strongest performing economies in Australia over the last few years. Indeed, as members are aware, in the last financial year, the ACT achieved its highest ever level of private sector investment—at just over $5 million.

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