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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 5 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1636..


MS PORTER (continuing):

We know, of course, that the opposition believe their sole role in life is to oppose everything. We do understand that. We understand that they do not actually realise they have any other role except to oppose people. They do not want to represent their constituents; they do not want to actually allow business to be done by this government. They want to block, block and block, and then if they cannot block, they want to oppose. Well, this morning, we have a brilliant example of that opposition once again. We are now opposing the part of the motion which calls on the government to do something about something they have been asking us to do something about. How ridiculous is that? It just defies imagination. If all they can do is scrounge around in the background to look to see whether Ms Porter has put out a media release or not, they should get into the act here and actually do something about looking at what we are proposing here. Have you got something better to do with your time?

I ask that I get support from the Assembly on this motion. I think that it will be good if the government are able to act quickly to introduce legislation that will stop this sort of behaviour by private practices, and I would call on the Assembly to support me. I do thank Ms Bresnan and Ms Hunter for their considered approach to this motion and for realising that the privatisation of general practice and the reasons why it is happening are of great concern to us right across the nation. The federal government can take leadership in this, and we could see some national approaches to this, which would be a good thing.

At the moment, I think that this is a good thing that we can do. I would call on the minister to act as quickly as she possibly can to do that. I thank her for the support that she has given me in undertaking to look at this legislation.

Question put:

That Mr Hanson's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Doszpot

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 10 December 2008, on motion by Mr Seselja:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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