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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 432 ..


Motion (by Mr Moore) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 22 March 1996 to 25 March 1996 be given to Mr Moore.

Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Mrs Carnell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the order of the day for the resumption of debate on order of the day No. 1, private members business, relating to Health Services, being called on forthwith.


Debate resumed.

MS TUCKER (4.32): I wish to speak to the amendments, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: My information is that Mrs Carnell moved amendments on 5 December and Ms Tucker subsequently spoke to the amendments. You must seek leave if you wish to speak again, Ms Tucker.

MS TUCKER: I seek leave to speak again, Mr Speaker.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: We have put our views on this issue before, so I will be brief. We have made a commitment to primary health care. We have had concerns throughout this whole process. I am concerned with the process as it occurred in this Assembly, when we had the possibility of salaried medical practitioners being maintained in the health centres; unfortunately, redundancies were offered. Then we had Mr Osborne's suggestion, but I will not go on with the saga. We are all too familiar with it. However, I will comment on these amendments moved by Mrs Carnell. Apparently, she has given assurances that the people in Jindalee have been looked after, which is what we asked for; so paragraph (2) is obviously not in issue. We will not support the amendment to paragraph (1) because so far I have not been given any indication of how low income earners are going to be ensured provision of medical services if they do not have a health care card.

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