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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4793 ..


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing

Proposed motion of censure

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.02): I seek leave to move a motion of censure of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.02): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a motion of censure of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

The failures of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing in a range of areas make it necessary for this Assembly to consider her performance, and this is why the Canberra Liberals have brought this motion here today. It is pretty much unprecedented for a motion like this not to be dealt with immediately. The form and practice of this place and other parliaments have it that motions like this are dealt with immediately so that the matter is put to bed one way or the other, rather than having a motion like this sitting on the notice paper. It is always a reflection on a member to have a censure motion on the notice paper, and that is why it is imperative, for the sake of the minister concerned, for the sake of the member concerned, that we address this motion immediately.

The ignorance of those opposite—to not know the form and practice of this and other parliaments and to expose their member to having a motion on the notice paper for an extended period—shows their lack of understanding of the form, a lack of concern for their own member and a lack of concern for the issues that should be ventilated.

The litany of failures in the health system that go unanswered by this minister and this government is very long indeed and is a matter of considerable concern to many people—not just people who are actively using the hospital system, not just people who are employed in the hospital system but their families and the people who are afraid that they might have to go into the hospital system and would go to considerable lengths to avoid going into the Canberra hospital system. When you consider the amount of money that is spent in the Canberra hospital system, the signal failings of this minister need to be addressed in this place.


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