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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2748 ..

Mr Kaine: They have not been moved yet. He foreshadowed them. He has not moved them.

Ms McRae: He has so.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Osborne has not moved his amendments.

Mr Berry: I think he is about to.

Mr Osborne: I seek leave to move the amendments circulated in my name.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot, because Mrs Carnell's amendments are already before the house.

MR BERRY (3.55): I seek leave to speak in relation to the amendments that have been foreshadowed.

Leave granted.

Mr Kaine: Why do we not all do as we like and turn it into a real playschool?

MR SPEAKER: I do wish all you people would get your act together.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, in relation to Mrs Carnell's amendments, the Labor Opposition will be opposing them. In relation to the amendments foreshadowed by Mr Osborne, they will be supported, but not without complaint. Mr Speaker, the motion which Mr Connolly moved related to the reinstatement of the salaried medical practitioner program to at least the level existing at the time the Liberals took office unless 100 per cent bulk-billing can be guaranteed. That, in our view, is an important motion which was passed in this chamber. The Chief Minister was censured for not abiding by it and it ought to stand unless it is taken off the books of this Assembly.

I am not prepared to trust the Chief Minister to go away thinking that she might get off again in relation to this matter. From our point of view, we have a strong position in relation to the salaried medical practitioner program. We would be insisting that the Chief Minister take strong action to restore the salaried medical practitioner program, despite the fact that she made a silly decision in relation to the disposal of those particularly important medical practitioners.

In so far as the Jindalee Nursing Home matter is concerned, I understand that the union involved is satisfied with the amendments which have been foreshadowed by Mr Osborne. The Labor Opposition has no problem with it, providing that the proposal is accepted, including the amendments which have been foreshadowed. In relation to paragraph (3) of the motion moved by Mr Connolly and the foreshadowed amendment, I would have to express very strong opposition to that because it goes to the removal of the Melba Health Centre from government ownership. That will strike at the heart of - - -

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