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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 119..


MR MOORE: Mr Rayment has communicated with the nurses on a number of occasions on this matter. He is constantly writing through Hospitell, the newsletter of the hospital, and communicating with individual nurses; so the answer to whether he is clarifying that is yes.

Mr Speaker, the other thing I would like to say is that there was an argument, as I pointed out yesterday, that somehow or another we are also going to force nurses into 12-hour shifts or three-hour shifts.

Mr Stanhope: Is that true?

MR MOORE: That is simply not true. It was the Nursing Federation that was suggesting that. I pointed out yesterday that that is not true and has never been true and that it is part of some scuttlebutt that was being put around which in some way discourages people from accepting what is a fantastic offer and an offer which I am sure the Labor Party, had it been able to manage the finances in such a positive, would have been delighted to have been able to offer its nursing workforce-12 per cent. Indeed, any of us would have been delighted, I would have thought, if we were able to get a 12 per cent pay rise offer.

Mr Berry: You did better than that, Michael.

MR SPEAKER: I call Mr Osborne.

MR MOORE: Excuse me, Mr Speaker. I heard an interjection just then from Mr Berry, who said, "You could do better than that." He is right. For the night nurses it is well over 12 per cent.

Mr Berry: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I said that Michael did better than that.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

TransACT

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. It is in relation to TransACT, but I do not know whether he is the responsible minister.

Mr Humphries: Yes, it's me.

MR OSBORNE: Okay. Last night I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in Sydney and who is involved in a multinational company that deals with this type of industry. We were talking about a number of things here in the territory.

Mr Kaine: Is this Mal?

MR OSBORNE: No, it wasn't Mal.

Mr Quinlan: He's got another friend.


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