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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (3 March) . . Page.. 658..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Following that consultation two reports were produced-the ACT Children's Plan and Hearing Young Children's Voices. Both reports are available on the website www.children.act.gov.au. I urge all members to read those reports.

Mental health

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. In question time on 27 August last year, I asked you about how many clients of Mental Health ACT have been involved in homicides, suicides, et cetera. You told us that, unfortunately, 18 clients had been successful in committing suicide. Minister, in the time since your last answer, how many clients of Mental Health ACT have been involved in homicides, how many have been involved in attempted homicides, how many have attempted suicide and how many have actually suicided?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Once joined, I believe that a supplementary question can be asked.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, the Chief Minister has asked that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mr Smyth: The normal protocol, Mr Speaker, is that once a question is joined there is an entitlement to ask a supplementary question.

Mr Stanhope: The normal protocol is that you get one question each, smart alec.

Mr Smyth: Mr Stanhope should consult the standing orders, which say that members are entitled to at least one question. They do not say only one question.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed with your supplementary question.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. If the minister is going to take it on notice, if there were any suicides in that period, how many of them were the five people who were referred to the clinical incident review committee the last time?

Mr Corbell: I am sorry, could you say that again?

MR SMYTH: In your last answer, you also said that five of the attempted suicides had been referred to the clinical incident review committee.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the question.

MR SMYTH: If there were any suicides in the latest period, how many of them, if any, were of the five referred to the clinical incident review committee?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.


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