Page 3651 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 15 October 1991

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Tuesday, 15 October 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Quarterly Economic Report

MR KAINE: I direct a question to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Does she have in her possession the report on budgetary performance for the quarter ended 30 September? If so, what does it reveal about the budgetary performance? When does she intend to table that document for the information of the Assembly?

MS FOLLETT: I thank Mr Kaine for the question. No, I do not have it in my possession; but I can assure you that, as soon as I do, I will make it available in the Assembly. As you have now reminded me, I will chase it up and make sure that it is available in a timely fashion.

MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I had understood that that document would be available to the Government by 10 October. It is now considerably after that, so I ask the Chief Minister whether she would hasten that and make sure that we receive it as soon as possible.

MS FOLLETT: I will, Mr Speaker.

Community Nursing

MR MOORE: My question is addressed to the Minister for Health. Mr Berry, I wonder how many showers you take a week and how many you think are necessary.

Mr Berry: That is a silly question.

MR MOORE: It is a quite important question. I will put it in context for the Minister, Mr Speaker. It refers to the fact that, with the community nursing cuts, some elderly people are able to have only two showers a week. Does Mr Berry consider that that is adequate, as far as community nursing goes?

MR BERRY: That was a flippant question, in the extreme, on a matter which is extremely serious. Some allegations which I heard were made on the Matt Abraham show this morning about the provision of nursing services in the community health sector. I consider those remarks that

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