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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 February 2016) . . Page.. 502 ..

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, can you guarantee that no families will be worse off or out of pocket as result of the closure of Therapy ACT at the end of the year?

DR BOURKE: There are only two things I have learned in life to guarantee. One is that the sun will come up tomorrow and the second is that one day I will turn up my toes. What I can say, Mr Doszpot, is that the advantages that will come to our community from the NDIS are very significant. The change in—

Members interjecting—


Mr Wall: Point of order on relevance, Madam Speaker. The question is quite straightforward: could the minister guarantee that no families would be worse off as a result of these services being closed? I ask him to be directly relevant.

Mr Hanson: Yes, it’s a bit flippant.

MADAM SPEAKER: Flippancy is not out of order according to the standing orders. And if you want to make a point of order, you stand.

On the point of order, it is lineball. Stop the clock, please. It is lineball. The minister was answering the question at least in a preamble and I am sure that he will get to the answer.

DR BOURKE: I have answered the question.


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, what are some of the major opportunities for local sports here in the ACT in 2016 and into the future?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Porter for her interest in and support for local sporting groups in the ACT. It has been a constant during her time here in Canberra. I know that Canberra United in particular is sad to lose her as their number one supporter. Nonetheless, as the new sports minister, I come into the portfolio at a very exciting time. Our local sporting community has developed into a highly diverse and inclusive part of life here in Canberra. Our government has worked closely with many sports over the years to give them the infrastructure and organisational support so that, in turn, they can offer the benefits of sport right across our community.

The result of this is the highest sports participation rate in Australia. Three out of every four Canberrans participate in sport or some form of physical activity, and the benefits of this are far-reaching—building communities, kids in teams, parents on the sidelines, club volunteers, referees and umpires, building friendships and friendly rivalries, and building confidence so that many of the skills learned in sport can carry on through other parts of their life.

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