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pool that is heated to the right temperature, but it does not have the facilities that are appropriate, and there will be significant access issues for elderly people, who will not be able to negotiate the entrance to the facility or the entrance to the pool. This is the advice that I have received from Arthritis ACT, which is one of the reasons why Arthritis ACT has also sourced extra hours at an alternative pool and has also negotiated extra hours at the hydrotherapy pool at Bruce.

Really what we are seeing today is the cumulative result of successive health ministers who have essentially browbeaten Arthritis ACT into the ground. Arthritis ACT have made it very clear to me that they cannot go on fighting any longer because it is taking up too much of their resources and too much energy from a voluntary organisation.

This is really what you get from this Labor government if someone sticks their head up above the parapet and says that the service that this government is providing is not good enough. What they do to volunteers in the community is utterly appalling. Quite frankly, the conversations I have had with Arthritis ACT make it clear that they have been completely defeated and demoralised by this government and by the treatment meted out to them by this government and their agents.

This is not a long-term solution. The minister knows what the long-term solution is, but she has been hiding behind a sounding exercise rather than getting on with the business of working with the community to find a real alternative, a real hydrotherapy pool facility in the south of Canberra.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.12): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I wish to inform the Assembly that during the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 the standing committee considered no statutory appointments. In the period 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019 the standing committee considered two statutory appointments to the ACT Government Procurement Board. I present the following paper:

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—9th Assembly—Periods 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December 2019.

Heritage Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 24 October 2019, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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