Question: World Aids Day

Written on the 29 November 2012

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is also to the Minister for Health, Mr David Davis, and I ask: will the minister inform the house of plans for World AIDS Day?

 


Hon. D. M. DAVIS (Minister for Health) --

 

What I can say about World AIDS Day, which is on Saturday, is that it is an important opportunity to focus on the task that remains. The Victorian government, as I might add are other governments around the country, is determined to press forward with better approaches and better systems. I can also inform the house that to commemorate World AIDS Day the spire of Arts Centre Melbourne will be lit and AAMI stadium will also be lit at 9.30 p.m on Friday. These are important symbolic steps. I note that partners in this focus on World AIDS Day include the City of Melbourne, and I welcome its support, and the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, obviously in partnership with the Department of Health. These are important steps that we are taking to bring additional public focus to these issues, issues that will be of significance worldwide.

 


Many in the Victorian community will know that in July 2014 the state will host the International AIDS Conference. To have that conference here is an important achievement. We welcome the support of other governments in Australia for that.

 


I note that Tanya Plibersek, the federal Minister for Health, was in Washington with me at the 2012 AIDS conference, and I think both of us learnt a great deal.

 


The Victorian government is determined to put in place better testing procedures and better prevention procedures, and I think the opportunity to mark World AIDS Day -- first on Friday night ahead of the day but also officially at a launch here at Parliament House -- will be an important opportunity and an important chance to mark the important work that remains to be done.


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