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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 3302..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

am more than happy to discuss those suggestions with them. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal legislation

Statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services): I seek leave to make a brief statement to correct the record in relation to some comments I made yesterday.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: In the debate on the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Bill 2008 yesterday, I said that I had responded to the report of the scrutiny of bills committee on the bill and associated legislation. In my speech I discussed the report and detailed the government's position in relation to that report. Following my remarks, Dr Foskey indicated that the committee had not received the response. On returning to my office after the debate last night I determined that, while a response had been prepared in respect of the committee's report and had formed part of the speech concerning the bill, it, in fact, had not been sent at that time to the committee. I apologise to members for my earlier remarks in the Assembly concerning the response and for any capacity that those remarks had to mislead members. I can assure members this was quite unintended.

The response for the committee was prepared prior to the closing speech. The speech was framed on the basis that, at the time it was to be delivered, the response would have been sent. Unfortunately, in this case, that had not occurred. During the debate I had a copy of the proposed response, which I had assumed I had signed and provided to the committee in due course. For the information of members, I will sign the response and provide it to the committee this morning.

Health—general practitioners

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (10.56): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Canberra is facing a chronic shortage of doctors with outer-suburban areas being particularly badly affected;

(b) that under the Stanhope Government bulk-billing rates are lower than all of the States; and

(c) that access to bulk-billing clinics after hours is particularly problematic for Canberrans; and


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