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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 35..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

We want the process to start early so that a person who has been injured or allegedly injured gets into rehabilitation and that their recovery then becomes the focus, rather than maximising compensation.

Mr Mulcahy: Have you tried to get a police report of an accident?

MR STANHOPE: Well, it is either/or. It is simply an online electronic document that sets out the circumstances. All it does is provide access to the first $5,000 for that person who does have some upfront costs. The point is that people not become embroiled in a process that focuses on access to cash or compensation at the expense of their rehabilitation and recovery. We are going here on experience, and the evidence that we have before us in the ACT is that it does not happen under our existing scheme. In Queensland it is happening to a far greater extent. These are the provisions that we are replicating. The evidence and information available is that it works and we should pursue this structure.

The point has been made now by a couple of members that there is an anticipated amendment that there be a formal review. This could most certainly be part and parcel of that. I would be happy to include it as a specific requirement or request to review. I do not think that is necessary. Even along the way, if it does not work, it can always be changed. But our advice is, and the evidence is, that it works.

Question put:

That Mr Mulcahy's amendments to Mr Stanhope's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 2

Noes 15

Dr Foskey

Mr Barr

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Berry

Ms Porter

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Mr Seselja

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Schools—closures

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 12 August


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