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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 12 February 2015) . . Page.. 249 ..

there could be bipartisan support to help adults give up their tobacco habit and to stop young people taking up a lifetime of addiction. It is unfortunate to note that, despite Tony Abbott being reluctantly forced to ban tobacco company donations to the Liberal Party in 2013, the recently released election donation records show the tobacco company Philip Morris donated $70,000 to state and federal branches of the Liberal Party in the 2013-14 financial year.

This government continues to tackle obesity, one of the leading causes of preventable death in the territory. Minister Corbell has outlined in his statement some of what are, frankly, alarming weight statistics that we face here, and we are not alone in the territory. Our towards zero growth healthy weight action plan that was launched in 2013 provides a whole-of-government approach which is successfully addressing the rates of obesity for Canberrans. I retain oversight for the healthy weight initiative in the Chief Minister’s department, which confirms the centrality of this initiative in all government thinking.

Just this morning, for example, Madam Deputy Speaker, 160 members of the ACT business community, including various industries, attended a healthier work breakfast. The healthier work initiative has visited 230 workplaces to provide advice and assistance in implementing health and wellbeing initiatives. So the government is putting its resources and its efforts into an area that improves the health of all Canberrans.

We recognise that you cannot renew Canberra’s economy or community without ensuring its citizens are healthy, that they are active and that they would be well cared for if faced with serious health issues. I take this opportunity this morning to commend Minister Corbell for his focus on and his investment in Canberrans’ health. It is an important and central element of this government’s renewal agenda for the sick.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell! Mr Doszpot, you had the opportunity to speak.

Mr Corbell: And he didn’t take it.


Mr Doszpot: It was a ministerial statement. Madam Speaker, am I allowed to speak to ministerial statements?

Mr Corbell: You are too late.

Mr Doszpot: Would you give me leave to speak to it?

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