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MR BERRY (Minister for Health and Minister for Sport) (5.32): Mr Speaker, I present the Health Services (Amendment) Bill 1991. I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Members will recall that in 1990 this Assembly passed the Health Services Act which established the Board of Health, among other things. During debate on that Bill an amendment was moved and passed which deleted from the Bill provisions which would have enabled appointed members of the Board of Health to receive remuneration.

Mr Humphries: Which you supported.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, Mr Humphries calls out from across the floor, "Which you supported", and, of course, he is wrong in that regard. We actively argued for payment to the Board of Health. It was the subject of acrimonious debate. This Bill, the Health Services (Amendment) Bill 1991, seeks to reintroduce those provisions to the Health Services Act.

The Bill provides for appointed members of the board to be paid such remuneration and allowances as are prescribed. In essence, this will allow for members to receive such remuneration as will be determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, as appropriate, given the role and functions of the board. Mr Speaker, I present the explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.




Debate resumed from 5 December 1991, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No. 5, Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1991. There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating Executive business order of the day No. 4 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 5.

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