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I am not saying that to congratulate myself. I am saying that to actually prove the effort that has gone in to that makes a difference to regional communities. You asked the people whose lives have been saved from the cardiac partnership that it is in place. You ask the people who are getting renal dialysis out at Goulburn under the care of the Canberra Hospital whether it has made a difference to them. You ask someone who presents at the emergency department at one of the small hospitals and can get straight into a consultation with a senior staff specialist at the Canberra Hospital via a video link whether it makes a difference.

These are the practical steps we have taken to make sure that the regional community is strengthened by our role as the regional centre. This is a report that is either quoting the golden years of Kate Carnell or reminiscing on greener times, on more positive times for Mr Smyth personally. There are large quotes about that and then large quotes from Mr Smyth himself on page 4. That takes up a fair bit of it. It is probably the only report where he will be quoted from Hansard. Then there is a page of condemn and deplore motions. No wonder this committee could not put a report together.

Motion (by Mr Corbell, by leave) agreed to:

That the papers be authorised for publication.

Legislation program—autumn 2014

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Autumn 2014—Key themes and priority bills.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to outline the key themes and highlights of some of the prospective bills that will be tabled in the autumn sittings. The second year of the term has begun as 2013 finished, with a strong government focus on delivering our commitments while responding to the changing needs of the ACT.

The broad suite of legislation we will introduce to the Assembly during the first half of 2014 takes important steps in a range of areas. It will reflect the values and vision of the government. Our legislative priorities will deliver on our priorities as a government—in particular our determination to protect local jobs and strengthen our economy in response to the headwinds brought on by contracting federal spending. These sittings will also see legislation to continue the local implementation of major national reforms for fairness and equity.

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