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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 2055..


Kippax Health Centre

MR HIRD (5.01): Mr Speaker, I believe that Mr Berry may have misled the house during the adjournment debate last evening, 24 October. If Mr Berry has misled this place, he also has misled 1,200 petitioners in respect of the Kippax Health Centre, because, as indicated clearly in this uncorrected proof copy of Hansard, he said that it is going to close. Once again he is wrong. The Government has no policy of closing those health centres.

Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Those sorts of imputations are not allowed in the course of these sorts of debates. If Mr Hird wants to move a motion in relation to my behaviour in the house he is perfectly able to, but he is not allowed to impute those sorts of motives in the course of debate. He has open to him the option of moving a substantive motion if he so wishes.

MR HIRD: I am drawing the members' attention to what Mr Berry did last evening in the adjournment debate.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Are you going to rule on the point of order?

MR SPEAKER: I am about to rule on the point of order. As you say, if there are to be imputations it has to be done by substantive motion. As far as I am aware, Mr Hird was quoting from yesterday's Hansard.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, if I may take a point of order: Mr Hird said quite specifically that Mr Berry had misled - - -

Mr De Domenico: He said "may have".

MR HIRD: May have.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, I think that that is an imputation against Mr Berry and it should be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Once again we are in a situation where I am required to consider matters once I have seen the Hansard proof.

Mr Kaine: And once you have heard what Mr Hird has to say. We do not know what he is going to say yet.

MR SPEAKER: As I say, I cannot rule on it until I have seen the Hansard proof. I thought Mr Hird had finished.

MR HIRD: I believe that if Mr Berry has misled this parliament he has a duty to this parliament to apologise. There is no intention, Mr Speaker, to close that health centre.


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