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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2586..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

a pharmacy, and what is required to be a pharmacy, are laid down elsewhere in the act. I find it disappointing that we have had to have this debate in such an adversarial way.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. The members of the government are really stretching the patience of this place with their constant low hum of conversation. I know that, from time to time, we all lapse but this has been going on and you have warned them. They have done this on a number of occasions.

Mr Stanhope: You are the worst offender in here at that, you hypocrite!

MR SPEAKER: Orders members, please! There are too many conversations going on. If you want to have a conversation, please go out into the lobby.

Mr Hargreaves: He is talking to you, Mrs Dunne!

Mrs Dunne: While we are at it, can Mr Hargreaves withdraw "hypocrite"please?

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear what Mr Hargreaves said.

Mrs Dunne: Sorry-Mr Stanhope.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear what he said. What did he say?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Stanhope said that I was a hypocrite.

Ms MacDonald: You are!

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear that.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw it.

Mrs Dunne: Ms MacDonald can withdraw as well.

Ms MacDonald: I withdraw the imputation.

MS DUNDAS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I was noting that I was disappointed at the adversarial way in which this bill has been debated. I was under the impression that the Assembly-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Dundas, resume your seat. Please, members of the government will cease the interjections. Ms Dundas has the floor.

MS DUNDAS: What we are trying to achieve here is to not allow pharmacies to operate in supermarkets. I thought this was something that was quite simple. Considering the debate we had last October, when we called on the government to investigate whether or not we did have any loopholes, I thought we were all working off the same page to reach the same outcome. The amendment I put forward quite clearly says that a registered pharmacist must not carry on a pharmacy business in the premises of a supermarket. What a registered pharmacist is is defined in the pharmacy act and what a pharmacy


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