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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 397..


MS PORTER (continuing):

Mr Corbell has already said this will cause the public to feel afraid. Certainly it does not help our wonderful doctors, nurses and allied health workers who are working so hard and doing such a brilliant job. As Mr Corbell said, this only serves to lower their morale and cause them to question their own abilities. How shameful is that?

Only the week before last I received several emails from a constituent who asked me to pass them on to Mr Corbell. She wanted to thank the health system for the wonderful service that she and three members of her extended family had enjoyed. Unfortunately, this family had experienced a string of health challenges of a serious nature and therefore had first-hand knowledge of the way in which the health system responded to their serious emergencies and challenges and provided ongoing after-care support to members of the family who were ill and those of the family that were affected. The member of the family that contacted me about their experience was fulsome in her praise of the health system and the care that had been provided to her and to the members of her family.

We have heard from Mr Corbell and Ms MacDonald regarding the health of our health system. Mr Corbell outlined the many ways that this government has improved all levels of health care since he has been in power. No other ACT government has made a greater investment in-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, Ms Porter! The time for the discussion has now expired.

Crimes (Offences Against Pregnant Women) Amendment Bill 2005

Detail stage

Proposed new clause 17A.

Debate resumed.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (4.54): I rise to speak again on this amendment. I deal firstly with the Chief Minister's attack on our amendment and our position on this. I have really got to say that his attack was merely a smokescreen. He talked about concerns that we were interfering with or seeking to attack women's privacy issues and that this was a covert objective of my amendment.

He also said that really the Liberals are only out here pushing, what he terms or what he sees to be, some sort of abortion rights agenda. He says repeatedly that our motive is simply to push the debate on abortion. It was not the opposition here today who stood up to raise the divisive issue surrounding the abortion debate. It was the Chief Minister. I remind the Chief Minister of what the amendment says in terms of the divisive issue of abortion. The Steve Pratt amendment basically seeks to insert:

Offences relating to unborn children

(1) This section does not apply to-


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