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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2743..


Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS - PRECEDENCE
Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Mr Berry) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 11, private members business, relating to Health Services, being called on forthwith.

HEALTH SERVICES

Debate resumed from 5 December 1995.

Mr Connolly: By way of a point of order: I do not think this was ever private members business. Standing orders were suspended yesterday morning, not on private members day.

Mr Humphries: It was not Government business and it certainly was not Assembly business, so it must be private members business. What else could it be, Mr Speaker? It was not Government business; I can tell you that.

Mr Hird: It becomes the property of the Assembly once it is introduced.

Mr Connolly: Yes, so it is Assembly business rather than private members business. We know what it is all about.

MR SPEAKER: I am advised that you have the call, Mr Osborne.

MR OSBORNE (3.39): I was ready a couple of minutes ago, Mr Speaker. I suppose I said the majority of what I was going to talk about this morning in the debate on the censure motion. However, I will once again go over the points that I took up. This whole salaried medical officers saga began because, when the situation arose that the Government was looking at removing them, I received what I thought was an undertaking from Mrs Carnell, or an assurance, which has been debated long and hard today, so I will not dwell too long on the point. I moved a motion then which is very similar to Mr Connolly's first motion here. However, I am aware, as we discussed yesterday, that Mrs Carnell has moved some amendments, and I have to say that I am still yet to make a final decision.


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