Page 4332 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 25 October 2017

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MR STEEL: Can the minister inform the Assembly how these additional devices add to ESA’s existing stock of AEDs?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for his question. The upgrade adds to the existing stock of AEDs already installed on ACT Ambulance and ACT Fire & Rescue vehicles. The extension of AEDs to all State Emergency Service and ACT Rural Fire Service vehicles will mean that an AED is equipment in every frontline emergency service agency vehicle. These upgrades are part of the ACT government’s continuous review of the equipment and resources available to our emergency services. They represent our commitment to ensuring that Canberrans continue to live in safety and with the peace of mind to know their emergency services are well equipped and trained.

I take this opportunity to remind Canberrans to take a look at the ESA website and download the emergency app: it could save your life or the life of a loved one.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Casino Canberra—development proposal

MR BARR: I can advise members that the date of the expression of interest for block 20, section 34 was 15 September 2012.


Debate resumed.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (3.23): The Greens support Ms Cody’s motion. While we would prefer that the motion called on the government to go further, do more and be better, it is important to sometimes reflect on those achievements that we have in fact achieved.

It is the done thing to think of all politics as being self-aggrandising and back-patting, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes we lose sight of all the things we have achieved while we are focusing on the things that we need to do and the problems we need to solve.

The Greens are particularly bad at this. We are too busy thinking about saving the world and we seldom take the time to congratulate community activists and our members on all the changes their hard work has secured over the years. We are a young party. We are 25 years old this year. But we have achieved a lot in that time, inside and outside the government, inside and outside parliament. We have become the body politic for activists and radicals and the voice for the voiceless, the homeless, the refugees, animals and nature.

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