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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2556..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

then you pay. But that is not possible for these women. They do not have that level of income.

Mr Moore said that he is looking at a fundamental structural change to professional indemnity; that that is the long-term agenda. That is good but, as I said, there is an urgency issue.

Dr Elwood has apparently said that he is interested in working with Mr Moore on integrating home birth into the public system. Clearly, that would be of interest, and that may be a way that this could be dealt with. This is a long-term proposals to resolve the issue. We still have the problem right now of ensuring that these independent midwives are able to continue practising in the ACT. I hope Mr Moore or the government takes action to ensure that we do not end up in a situation where we no longer have independent practising midwives working in the ACT just because of inaction at this very critical time.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2.30 pm

Visitors

MR SPEAKER: Before I call for questions without notice, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of students from Canberra Girls Grammar. Welcome to your Assembly.

Questions without notice

ACTTAB

MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Chief Minister. An extract from the minutes of an ACTTAB board meeting of 16 January 1998 states:

The Chairman advised the Board that part of ... was a client of his firm, Duesburys, but was handled in another area of his company.

I assume the blacked out part was the name of a company. Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly which one of the four shortlisted tenderers for the ACTTAB head office complex was a client of the chairman of the board's firm, Duesburys, and, having declared his interest, why did the chairman not abstain from casting a vote?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have no idea. I will take the question on notice, as Mr Stanhope might well expect.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question?

MR STANHOPE: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. I ask the Chief Minister to add to the question that he has taken on notice. In his answer will he confirm-and if so tell the Assembly why-that an employee of an ACTTAB director's company was appointed as the project manager to the ACTTAB board for its headquarters redevelopment project?


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