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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2721 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

I agree that there has been a lot of hypocrisy in this argument, but what we are debating here is that this Assembly moved a motion, pure and simple, and, as far as I am concerned, it was not followed because voluntary redundancies were offered, contracts have been accepted, and there are no salaried doctors. That goes contrary to everything we said in that motion. My staffer advised me that he was of the opinion that it went through unopposed and that the Government supported it. I was accused by Mr Humphries of making a mistake. I think the only mistake I made was believing what I was told. The facts of the matter are that we passed a motion, it was given to the Government and, as far as I am concerned, it was ignored. It is with much regret that I have taken this action today.

Question put:

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

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 10	 NOES, 7

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

Sitting suspended from 1.02 to 2.30 pm


Children with Disabilities - Summer Programs

MS FOLLETT: I have a question to Mr Stefaniak, the Minister for Education and Training. Is the change that has been made to the summer school program for children from special schools a taste of what is to come for the children and their families in these schools; that is, a completely arbitrary change, with no consultation and no time for preparation? Or can you advise the Assembly what consultation process you have now put in place to ensure that parents do not again face the disruption and the worry that they have had to deal with this year? What is the process?

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