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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1846..


MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms MacDonald for the question. It is true that the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital have, in recent times, reported an increased demand for inpatient, outpatient and emergency department services. During the March quarter 2006-

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: does this question anticipate a debate? Notice No 4 on the notice paper specifically mentions the rate of bypass or load sharing, as it has been renamed, and the elective surgery waiting lists. That will come on this afternoon.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth's motion, which is to be debated this afternoon, goes to the issue of bypass. You have asked a question about load sharing, which I assume is the same, and elective surgery waiting lists.

Ms MacDonald: No. If I could clarify that.

MR SPEAKER: You can read it again, if you like.

Ms MacDonald: The questions says: minister, could you update the Assembly on the performance of the ACT's health system?

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: in that case, the previous item on the notice paper, Mr Gentleman's notice, also reflects on that. Mr Gentleman has a motion on the notice paper about the performance of the ACT's health system.

MR SPEAKER: Let me deal with Mr Smyth's problem first. I will come back to yours. Questions should not anticipate debate on matters which are on the notice paper. Clearly, that is going to be on this afternoon. The question would, therefore, be out of order. Mrs Dunne, you raised another point.

Mrs Dunne: It is essentially the same point. It refers to the motion that Mr Gentleman is to move this afternoon. Seeing you have already ruled the question out of order, my point is now moot.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman's will be debated before Mr Smyth's.

Mrs Dunne: You have already ruled it out of order. It was in relation to the question being out of order. My point of order becomes moot.

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

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Rhodium Asset Management

MR STANHOPE: I wish to respond to a question from the Leader of the Opposition yesterday in relation to questions on the financial and other management arrangements at Rhodium. I provided some information and took other aspects of the question on notice. I am happy to provide that further information now.


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