The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (17:12): I rise very briefly to say that I will be supporting the Hon. Tammy Franks' motion. I have always believed that prevention is better than cure, and funding early intervention programs should be prioritised as, ultimately, they cost the taxpayer less. Cutting these services could lead to an increase in sexually transmitted infections.
There are some infections that are asymptomatic, and people may not be aware they carry an infection until damage has been done to their reproductive system. The government should seriously consider whether it is worthwhile saving a dollar up front if they will have to spend hundreds of dollars down the track.