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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 3024 ..

fraud? I do not know. It certainly has been an issue that has been raised with me. The fact that the minister coughed up the information that all the equipment now complies with Medicare requirements seems to indicate that there has been a problem in the past. That might be historical, but it is still an issue, and there are many issues that still need to be addressed.

Mr Rattenbury does not want to have an inquiry because that would be onerous. More importantly, it will be onerous for the people of the ACT if we do not have a functioning medical imaging system; if we have delays in reading scripts, which I have had complaints about, that result in adverse medical outcomes; or if we have inappropriate procedures that require people to come back and back to have more and more readings, ultrasounds and the like because we cannot get our act together to do it all on the one day. That has adverse medical outcomes.

I am more concerned about the people of the ACT getting good X-ray results and the people who provide those X-ray services not feeling harassed and sick than I am about whether or not it would be onerous to have an inquiry.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee

Noes 10: Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Rattenbury Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Senator Fraser Anning—first speech

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (6.34): Words have meaning and words have power. We know this in our daily lives: the compliment that can make our day or the slight that can ruin it. For those of us who have the honour of representing our communities as elected officials, the power of our words is amplified. With this honour comes a duty and a responsibility to ensure that our words are wielded with consideration and respect.

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