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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2090..


MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much, Ms Tucker. Ms Tucker would be aware that the ACT Government has advertised quite widely for bulk-billing GPs to come into our health centres. I understand that there are a number of expressions of interest at this stage. As I have not had a briefing in the last couple of weeks, I am not confident on just how those expressions of interest are going. I will certainly find out for Ms Tucker and get back to her on that one, but we are certainly looking for doctors to fill those positions. As I said, we do have expressions of interest from some doctors, and we will be encouraging them to take up the positions.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. Could you answer the first part of the question as well, which was: What is the current status? How many doctors are there working in the health centres and what is their billing approach?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to take that request for detailed information on notice.

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

PERSONAL EXPLANATION

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition): I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, in answering the question I asked Mr De Domenico today Mr Humphries suggested that I had misled the house when I said that 300 supermarket jobs would be lost because of the Government's proposed trading hours change, and that 306 was actually the total number of jobs in those five supermarkets. Mr Speaker, I want to explain that that is incorrect. In fact, there are 1,470 people employed at those five supermarkets and 306 is the number who will lose their jobs as a result of the trading hours change.

DISCHARGE OF ORDER OF THE DAY

MR BERRY: I seek leave to move a motion to discharge order of the day No. 13, Executive business, relating to the Trading Hours Bill 1996. I take it I have leave.

Mr Humphries: No. You did not give us any notice of it so we are not giving you leave.

Leave not granted.


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