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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 338 ..

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. The Chief Minister used the term "I understand". Is it the case that this Government instructed a certain course of events to take place?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am confident that ACTION bus management would always investigate when three buses went missing. I used a quote last week in this Assembly which I will use again.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Standing order 118 says that the answer to a question should be concise and should be confined to the subject matter. The subject matter is whether or not the Government had issued the instruction. Mrs Carnell only has to say yes or no.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I would like to take a point of order. I draw your attention to standing order 39, which Mr Berry just contravened - and he does it constantly.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister can answer the question as she sees fit. Continue, Chief Minister.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I would hope that everyone in this Assembly would share with Mr Berry his views in 1993, when he said very definitely in this place that he did not condone the use of public property, public vehicles, for the purpose of industrial action. Nor do we.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Psychiatric Hostels - Meals

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, may I answer the question that I took on notice from Ms Follett earlier in question time with regard to meals at Watson Hostel? I am advised that breakfast has been changed from 7.00 am to 7.45 am. Lunch is had in two sessions, one at 12 noon and one at 12.30 pm, and it is a full hot meal. Dinner is now at 5.00 pm and is soup, a sandwich, bread with condiments, and a piece of fruit or yoghurt. There is a light supper, Mr Speaker, between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm. All of these changes have been discussed with residents and the majority agree. The nursing staff have been consulted and there is 100 per cent agreement. The program managers were also part of the changes and there was 100 per cent agreement. So they were properly consulted, and nutritionally it is very appropriate, Mr Speaker. There is the answer.

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