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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 12 October 1993) . . Page.. 3297 ..


Tuesday, 12 October 1993

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MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.

PAPER

MR BERRY: Madam Speaker, I seek leave to present a petition which does not conform with standing orders as it does not address the Assembly and does not contain a request.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I present an out-of-order petition from 2,113 residents opposing the introduction of legislation to ban smoking on licensed premises. Madam Speaker, at this point I would like to make a couple of remarks about the petition. The AHA were behind this petition and it is a great pity that the Australian - - -

MADAM SPEAKER: That is out of order. You need leave to do that, Mr Berry.

Leave not granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Hospital Waiting List

MRS CARNELL: My question without notice is to the Minister for Health. Will the Minister confirm the waiting list - - -

Mr Berry: I am ready.

MRS CARNELL: No, you are not sure what question I am going to ask. Will the Minister confirm that the waiting list for elective surgery in ACT public hospitals has increased from 1,789 when the Minister took office in June 1991 to 3,119 at the end of the June quarter this year? Can the Minister account for what is a staggering 75 per cent increase in the waiting list in just over two years?

MR BERRY: Lesson No. 22, it seems, because the first 21 did not sink in. We have always had difficulty with Mrs Carnell understanding how you measure hospital performance. From her background I would expect that she would have - - -

Mr Kaine: Do you understand the measurement of hospital performance, Minister?

MR BERRY: You can ask that question after and I will answer it. I will deal with Mrs Carnell first. You did not understand it when you were Chief Minister. We will give you lesson one in a minute.


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