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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2383 ..

Question put:

That the motion (Mr Humphries's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 13	 NOES, 4

Mr Berry	Ms Horodny
Mrs Carnell	Mr Moore
Mr Connolly	Mr Osborne
Mr Cornwell	Ms Tucker
Mr De Domenico
Ms Follett
Mr Hird
Mr Humphries
Mr Kaine
Ms McRae
Mr Stefaniak
Mr Whitecross
Mr Wood
Question so resolved in the affirmative.


Consumer Affairs - Equipment for the Disabled

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, before we go on to the Appropriation Bill, I would like to provide the Assembly with further information in answer to a gutless question asked earlier today by Ms McRae of the Minister for Consumer Affairs. I am advised by my staff at Red Hill Pharmacy that about four weeks ago a gentleman came in and inquired about the possibility of purchasing a wheelchair for his wife. The man was shown a range of wheelchairs and catalogues by my staff. He was also advised that these wheelchairs were normally only for hire, but under some circumstances they could be sold. In other words, the gentleman had some financial difficulties.

The customer then stated that his wife was waiting outside in the car. He asked whether he could show the two wheelchairs to his wife. The staff agreed. The man returned a short time later and indicated that the footplate on one of the wheelchairs was broken. My staff examined the footrest and agreed with the customer. The wheelchair was immediately withdrawn from hire by my pharmacy manager. The manager advised the customer that the wheelchair would be serviced immediately. The gentleman in question did not hire the chair, nor did he buy the wheelchair; and the wheelchair was never used by either him or his wife. As I said earlier, the chair was withdrawn from use as soon as the problem with the footplate was discovered.

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