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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 1 June 1995) . . Page.. 734 ..


I would pledge to Mrs Carnell the Opposition's full support in any moves to break down that cultural barrier, because it is of great regret.

Mrs Carnell: Have you any ideas?

MR CONNOLLY: Other than to say, as we did at the time, that we were reluctant to back down on that issue. I made it very clear - and I could produce here minutes to show this, because I have made them available to other members of this place and to the community sector - towards the latter stages of the Labor administration that I supported the view of the community sector that it would be better to return certain portions of Commonwealth money unspent than to accept a second-best option here. That at least would continue to build the momentum around Australia to indicate that State governments, be they Labor or Liberal, and State Health Ministers, be they Labor or Liberal, to get a grip on this issue. It is far more complex than Medicare provider numbers. It goes to a disturbing cultural prejudice among certain professionals, who otherwise quite properly are entitled to this community's respect.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

PAPER

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Woden Valley Hospital Information Bulletin on Patient Activity Data for April 1995.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Water Pollution - Gungahlin

MR HUMPHRIES: I take this opportunity to provide the answer to a supplementary question I took on notice on Tuesday, from Ms Horodny, on run-off from building sites in Gungahlin and the silting of the Gungahlin pond.

MR SPEAKER: You are tabling that answer, are you?

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes.


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