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Mr Speaker, we are establishing firm foundations for sustainable regional growth and prosperity. Our vision for the future will require cooperation, and the Government is seeking to obtain this through a range of mechanisms: By working closely on a government-to-government basis to eliminate red tape and coordinate services to the business and wider community, and I must say that the way in which we work with the New South Wales Labor Government is excellent and that I appreciate the cooperation given by our colleagues in New South Wales; by working with the community through organisations such as the South East Regional Development Council; by making the community aware of just how great the region really is, through organisations such as the Canberra Region Campaign; and by marketing our region and assisting our businesses to ensure that their products are world competitive.

Mr Speaker, our strong commitment to the region and working with both the business community and governments at all levels to improve our regional competitive edge is the key to realising the vision for the future of the Canberra region. I will continue to keep the Assembly informed of our achievements in this area. I present the following paper:

Development of Canberra Region - Government’s Vision - ministerial statement, 24 August 1995.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR OSBORNE (3.44): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to move a motion relating to community health centres.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Assembly rejects the Government's announced decision to remove salaried practitioner services from community health centres unless the health centres are managed as 100 per cent bulk-billing practices for general practitioner services.

Mr Speaker, my understanding of the arrangement that I had with the Chief Minister was that the salaried GPs would be leaving the community health centres. The biggest concern for me was that the bulk-billing should remain. My understanding was that that would be in place. I would like a guarantee from the Chief Minister that that will be so. Otherwise, I will not be supporting what she has in mind.

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