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    54   MEALS ON WHEELS

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Coulton—That this House:

(1)    acknowledges the significant community contribution Meals on Wheels Australia has made to the most vulnerable in our society for nearly 60 years;

(2)    values the many Meals on Wheels Australia volunteers that selflessly dedicate their time to ensure that our local communities’ most vulnerable members receive warm and nutritious meals;

(3)    recognises that Meals on Wheels Australia allows elderly people to maintain their independence and provides them with regular social contact;

(4)    acknowledges that nearly one-third of frail patients admitted to hospital are malnourished and that a further 60 per cent are at risk of malnutrition; and

(5)    calls on the Government to:

(a)    support the Meals on Wheels Australia’s initiative to research new ways to improve the nutritional status of elderly Australians; and

(b)   recognise that this initiative to improve nutrition has the potential to change the health, happiness and well-being of elderly Australians—

And on the amendment moved by Mr Coulton—Paragraph 5(a) omit “support” and substitute “consider”—

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.