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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3773..


Mr Berry: I do not think he can ask it.

MR SPEAKER: You have raised this sort of matter before. It is one of those strange anomalies.

MR OSBORNE: I will just read what I was given, Mr Speaker. Minister, you have been health minister for the past 31/2 years and have done a great job. What advice do you have for the incoming health minister about solving the nursing situation?

MR MOORE: I will take that question on notice, Mr Speaker.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the question asks for an expression of opinion and it is out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Actually, Mr Corbell, I was wondering whether I would not use standing order 117 (g), which states that the Speaker may direct that the language of the question be changed, if, in the opinion of the Speaker, it is unbecoming or does not conform.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, it asks for an expression of opinion and it is out of order.

MR MOORE: On the contrary, Mr Speaker, it is not an expression of opinion but rather advice as to what would be the appropriate course.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I do not want to ruin Mr Moore's fun but you would have thought that if he had been here for 12 years he would know that standing order.

MR SPEAKER: True.

MR OSBORNE: I will change the question, Mr Speaker; I will rephrase it. Minister, you have been health minister for the last 31/2 years-

Mr Quinlan: You have been minister for 31/2 years and have done a great job.

MR OSBORNE: No, I am not reading that again. Tell us about your experiences as health minister in relation to nurses and what you would do if you were health minister in the next parliament.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: it is a hypothetical question.

MR SPEAKER: The second part is hypothetical but the first part is not.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My experiences have been very positive in dealing with nurses.

Mr Berry interjecting-

MR MOORE: I hear Mr Cackle Berry.


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