Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2175 ..
MR BERRY: Mrs Carnell offers across the floor a briefing to prove it. Well, Mr Speaker, she can offer it in this place. She has made the claims in this place and all over the town. Why is she not game to table the proof in the Assembly? So far all we have seen are pieces of paper with the numbers shifted around on them. Mr Speaker, in another embarrassment to Mrs Carnell, she produced some figures, which she expected the people of the ACT to believe, that there had been a 35 per cent reduction in main theatre operating procedures before this alleged period of double-counting. Mrs Carnell then had to race off and disprove that. Now she comes up with another sheet of paper with the numbers shifted around. Mr Speaker, it seems that each time Mrs Carnell gets an embarrassing question about her performance in the public hospital system she comes up with another regime of figures which set out to make the situation in relation to her own performance look better. Mr Speaker, the facts as have been presented to this place give rise to questions about the performance of Mrs Carnell. She has come up with several pieces of paper, none of which prove anything other than the fact that the numbers have been shifted around.
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Woden Valley Hospital Information Bulletin on Patient Activity Data for April 1996. Unfortunately, it does not have the affidavit in it that is probably necessary these days, but I will organise that for the next one, Mr Speaker.
MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Training): Mr Speaker, for the information of members and pursuant to section 97 of the Audit Act 1989, I present the 1995 report of the Canberra Institute of Technology, together with the financial statements and the Auditor-General's report.
Discussion of Matter of Public Importance
MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Whitecross proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:
The importance of a high quality library service for the ACT.
MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (3.32): Mr Speaker, I raise this matter of public importance today because, as members of this place will know, for the last few months, and the last month in particular, there has been a growing debate in the community about what the Government intends to do in relation to library services. Recently, amid some fanfare, the Government released a report about strategic directions for the ACT Library Service done by Brian Haratsis on behalf of the Government.