Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2331 ..
That the debate be adjourned.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 7 NOES, 8 Mr Berry Mrs Carnell Ms Follett Mr Cornwell Ms Horodny Mr Hird Ms Reilly Mr Humphries Ms Tucker Mr Kaine Mr Whitecross Mr Moore Mr Wood Mr Osborne Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the negative.
MR BERRY (4.38): Labor will be opposing this Bill. I would like to deal first with some comments that Mrs Carnell made in question time. She said that this legislation would not mean two extra layers of administration. If this Bill is successful, we will end up with a Health Department, an Australian Capital Territory Health and Community Care Service, as set out in this Bill, and a Health and Community Care Service Board. If that is not three levels of administration, I will fly. That is three levels of administration. Let us have a look at them. First of all, we have the Department of Health with all of the administrative responsibilities that any public sector department has. Then we have the Health and Community Care Service. The objectives of the service are set out in the Bill. The functions are also set out in the Bill. They are all duties formerly conducted by the department and are as follows:
(a) to promote, protect and maintain the health of residents of the Territory;
(b) to manage facilities under its control;
(c) to consult and cooperate with individuals and organisations concerned with the promotion, protection and maintenance of health;
(d) to provide advice to, and consult with, the administrative unit on the development of health and community care services;
(e) to support, encourage and facilitate community involvement in health and community care service;
All of those things are issues that are not an extra layer of administration, according to Mrs Carnell. When you have a look - - -