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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2217 ..


Debate resumed from 18 June 1996, on motion by Mr De Domenico:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr De Domenico) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Woden Valley Hospital - Statistics

MR BERRY (6.08): Mr Speaker, at the conclusion of question time today Mrs Carnell placed on the record a letter to me in relation to certain statistics which allegedly prove double-counting at Woden Valley Hospital. Mrs Carnell referred in her letter to some of her concerns about having misled the Assembly. I suggest to Mrs Carnell that she still has problems in that regard. Apparently, this letter was written this morning, with the intention of giving it to me before question time but was subsequently held back. No wonder! The statistics which have been provided prove nothing. The curious part about this is that it was a document which was sent, according to the fax time, at 12.16. It was the fifth of five pages. I challenge Mrs Carnell to table the other four pages. I ask her why she did not place them on the table at question time today in order that we could have been more fully informed about the matter.

Later this afternoon, Mrs Carnell, with the apparent catching disease which seems to be occurring in the Liberal Party - Mr Downer has got the smart alecs - swaggered in with a letter from Dr Hughes. Mrs Carnell claimed that the statistics did, in fact, prove all of this double-counting. Well, Dr Hughes has said in his letter that there was some double-counting; he does not know how much. Dr Hughes then refers to a copy of statistics. The time stamp on these ones was quite different. I suspect that we might be running on daylight saving time there, because we received them before they got here. The point I wish to make is that those statistics to which Dr Hughes apparently refers are incomplete. They are page 3 of a document which is incomplete. I challenge the Chief Minister to supply the rest of those documents, too.

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