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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 4226..


Mr Corbell (continuing):

Mr Pratt, as you quite rightly point out, may not be happy or satisfied with that explanation but the standing order actually makes provision for a member who is not satisfied with an explanation to move a motion under 118A (b), and that should be the course of action open to Mr Pratt if he chooses to pursue it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you for that, Mr Corbell.

Mr Pratt: Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, I want to deal first with what Mrs Dunne raised. Just resume your seat. I cannot make a judgment on the acceptability or otherwise of an explanation. An explanation was given. A member might be dissatisfied with an explanation or, for some other reason, might be entirely satisfied and might want to provide accolades. I don't know. Standing order 118A (b) provides the avenue for that to occur. You make no point of order in the matters you raised because, as Mr Corbell quite rightly pointed out, the minister did provide an explanation. Mr Pratt, do you want to do anything with this?

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (3.38): Speaking to the motion that I moved, I do not accept that the explanation given was an explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Well, I have ruled, Mr Pratt. As the minister has given an explanation, you cannot move a motion under the standing order.

MR PRATT: However, I do accept the second explanation, or at least the second attempt to provide an explanation. I am prepared to leave it at that and we will see what happens.

MR SPEAKER: Okay, that is good.

MR PRATT: If we had been given an explanation in the first place we would not have had this trouble, Simon.

Canberra Hospital obstetric service

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

An own initiative investigation into the obstetric service at The Canberra Hospital-Report by the Complaints Commissioner, Community and Health Services, under the Community and Health Services Complaints Act 1993, dated October 2005.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I have tabled a report by the Community and Health Services Complaints Commissioner entitled An Own Initiative Investigation into the Obstetric Service at The Canberra Hospital. At the


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