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Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: introduce, debate and pass relevant laws, or request the Executive or officials to act under existing law and policy (as the case may be) to recognise Dyslexia as a ‘learning disability” or in some other manner, so as to enable financial and other assistance to be given to Australian Capital Territory government and non-government schools to deliver effective learning support, including literacy and assistive technology, to dyslexic students.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 25

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (3.34): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 25—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 1 of 2011: Waiting Lists for Elective Surgery and Medical Treatment, dated 31 July 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This was one of our shorter reports. We had one recommendation, which simply said that the Auditor-General should do a follow-up audit on this at the mid-point of the next term of the Assembly.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.35): This is another report on the management of this government in regard to elective surgery and I just want to bring a few items to the attention of members. On page 17, paragraph 3.3 states:

… the Committee notes that the Audit report observed that notwithstanding increased funding by the Commonwealth and the ACT Governments, elective surgery waiting lists had not shown improvements, and the ACT compared unfavourably to other jurisdictions in 2008-09. Furthermore, statistics in 2009-10 indicated a general worsening of the situation compared to 2008-09.

I think that is important given some of the debates that we have had earlier today about the Chief Minister and indeed the health minister’s management of the health system, the hospital system, and particularly elective surgery.

The committee made a number of recommendations and one of them was particularly about how the government addresses the whole system. It is important to read paragraph 3.31, which says:

The Committee notes that, notwithstanding the Government’s endorsement of the recommendations and acknowledgement that some of the systems in relation to the documentation of elective surgery needed to be improved—

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