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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 628..


MR BARR: I am not aware of any other cases, but, of course, people can buy and sell contracts. They can engage in a whole range of legal transactions that would not be brought to the attention of the government.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how much stamp duty has been forgone as a result of this practice?

MR BARR: That is a hypothetical question, Madam Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: How is it hypothetical to ask how much stamp duty has been forgone as a result of the practice? In what way is it hypothetical?

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, it would not have crossed my mind that this was a hypothetical question. I would not have ruled it out under standing order 117. But it is up to Mr Barr to answer the question in the way he sees fit and to be directly relevant.

Mr Smyth: Under the standing orders, he must be concise and relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: He was very concise.

Mr Smyth: He is not relevant. It is not for him to rule on whether a question is hypothetical. That is your job.

MADAM SPEAKER: He did not rule. I ruled. Mr Barr can just make conjecture about whether or not something is hypothetical.

Mr Coe: Benevolent Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will endeavour to rule benevolently by listening to Dr Bourke's question.

Calvary hospital—birth centre

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you update the Assembly on progress with the Calvary birth centre?

MS GALLAGHER: I can update the Assembly on progress with the Calvary birth centre. I was pleased to join with the Hon John Watkins and Calvary staff on 14 March to open the new Calvary birth centre, which has also been supported by the introduction at Calvary hospital of the continuity of midwifery care service. Perhaps the service is more important than the facilities; that is the relationship that is able to be fostered between the mother and the midwife during the pregnancy and in the lead-up to birth.


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