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improving food safety and regulatory transparency. I consider it is important that we raise and keep food safety awareness high, as it is the most effective way of keeping the community safe from the illness and harm caused by unsafe food and unsafe food handling.

I would just like to place on the record my thanks to the health protection staff for the work that they do every day inspecting these venues and working with the local business community to ensure the safest food safety standards are met in the ACT. I also thank them for the extensive work that they have undertaken in response to the Auditor-General’s report in drafting this legislation and, indeed, continuing to work with me to look at further improvements that we can make to food safety. So to John Woollard and his team, thank you very much for the work you do.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Transplantation and Anatomy Amendment Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 27 October 2011, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (11.37): I foreshadow that the Canberra Liberals will be supporting this legislation today. Indeed, the Canberra Liberals will support any sensible legislation to aid and facilitate organ and tissue donation in the ACT. We have been long-term supporters of our local community members who have passionately advocated for organ donation awareness and support. Their job is not easy. They are tasked with asking people to think about the inevitable and the painful. They are tasked with encouraging people to talk about death and they are tasked with facilitating the discussion once the loss of the family member is imminent.

DonateLife has facilitated the government funded positions of 160 doctors and nurses in 77 hospitals to work specifically on organ, eye and tissue donation. The DonateLife network also includes a further 72 staff, such as state medical directors, organ donor coordinators and donor family support coordinators. It is important as we discuss this bill today, on the eve of the DonateLife walk, that we acknowledge not only these paid staff and the volunteers, but the families who have made the difficult but valuable decision to donate the organs and tissue of one of their loved ones.

I, along with my colleagues—no doubt I will see some of you out there tomorrow—will walk around the lake tomorrow in the DonateLife walk. It is nice that we can have something that we all agree on in this place, Madam Deputy Speaker. We recognise the contribution of these people and support for the great work of

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