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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 2029..


MR SPEAKER: To table the papers, Mr Kaine. Mr Berry moved that so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Follett from tabling the documents. We have suspended standing orders. This allows Ms Follett to table the documents.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, on the point of order - - -

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

Ms McRae: I am raising one, Mr Speaker. My point of order is that, since the point of order was taken against me, I would like to point out to Mr Humphries that in his answer he made quite clear what his intentions were. I do not know what his problem is, and I withdraw any sense that he might have of an imputation. I had no intention to impute him wrongly, but I have withdrawn any sense that he might have put on it.

HEALTH CARE CENTRES
Proposed Suspension of Standing Orders

MS TUCKER (3.31): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent precedence being given to private members business, notice No. 1, relating to Health Care Centres, following the making of any ministerial statements this day and the resolution of any question put on any motion moved in relation to the statements.

I ask members to support this request for suspension of standing orders because it is an extremely important debate that was not able to happen this morning because of other business. It is an issue of grave community concern that should be dealt with as a matter or urgency. While this motion sits on the notice paper, the Government may go ahead and sell health centres. We believe very strongly, and so do many other people in the community, that health centres are extremely important. They are essential to any real primary and preventative community health care service and it is totally inappropriate to sell them. Mrs Carnell's Government has no mandate to close these health centres. We need to have more time to discuss this - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! You are now debating the issue.

MS TUCKER: Okay. I thought it was related.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot debate the issue.

MS TUCKER: I am asking members to support this suspension of standing orders.


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